Monday, June 9, 2014

Last post

For this last post, I just wanted to reflect on my twenty time experience as a whole. I am so glad that I had this opportunity to complete my twenty time project, which lead me to raising six hundred dollars and running a hockey camp. It made me really happy to show how I could actually accomplish something like that. And seeing what all the other people in my class do it showed that we are the next generation and we can do anything we set our minds to.

I wasn't able to be at the TEDx talk, which I'm disappointed about. I was at The RUSH hockey showcase which was a huge compliment to be invited to. I wanted to speak if Mr. Provenzano would have liked me and I would have been available to go. I wonder if I would have been chosen? Anyway, I talked to some people about what they thought of the talks and they thought everyone who was chosen to speak was amazing and the event went off with out any problems. It's super cool that there was a TEDx talk at my school, and some of my friends eer got to speak at one! 

I haven't been able to watch the speeches yet but I will when I get home today. 

Thank you for sticking with me the whole year. 

Until next time

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TED Talk

This post revolves mostly around my end of the year presentation or TED talk, if you will. I have decided to finalize my talk and present about change. Mostly about the small benefits of the world adding up and that even if you do something nice for someone it still makes a difference even if just a small one.

My PowerPoint is finalized and I hope that I can remember all my talking points for my presentation. I have never really done a speech in front of people alone and without note cards. So it is a little daunting. But I saw some other talks and they were all really good. I just have to perfect the end of my talk and make sure that I know which talking points go with each slide.

I will not be able to go to the actual TEDx conference however. I got invited to a hockey invitational where college scouts do a lot of their scouting for prospects. This is a big opportunity for me and I am sorry I will be missing the TEDx conference that so many people have worked so hard to put together. I wonder who will be picked to speak?

I kind of just want my speech to be over. Right now I am regretting signing up for one of the last days. I want to get it out of the way and be able to relax. However, I am also glad that I signed up for later so I could take notes on other people's projects and see what areas are weaknesses for multiple people

Anyway, wish me luck on my speech!

Until next time.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Post 23

This week I have been chugging along on my project presentation. I have created a rough draft of my presentation and speech. I hope that I have not focused on my project in my speech. I will run through it a few times for people and maybe I'll ask Mr. Privenzano if he will listen to my speech one day. I think I might need to include more about the message and moral of my speech. I try to focus on the lesson, but when the speech is pretty much deriving from my project it's hard to stray too far from it. The photos in my presentation are mostly from Hockey for HART and I have some quotes that relate to my project.

There's not much to write about this week becuase I have AP tests this week and a lot of homework. I'm pretty nervous about my speech. I hope that I will teach someone something about life, even if it's just something small. 

Also, the board members at HART asked me to speak at the HART board meeting anytime I wanted to. I think that's pretty cool and I might ask to speak when I'm done with the TED talk. 

Anyway, until next week.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

20 Time post 21


This week was Spring break, and I might add, a very needed break. I have not done much on my project this week because I was in Key West and Miami all week. It was pretty interesting to visit Key West. Even though it is located in Florida, it had a Caribbean Island feel, very laid back and relaxed. Some parts of the island even looked like a Caribbean island! I think Mr. Provenzano will be interested to discover that I also visited Ernst Hemingway's house in Key West where he wrote many of his famous novels. I saw his study where he worked and learned about the legend of his six fingered cats. It was pretty cool and now I have to say I need to read one of his novels!

I still have to put together my power point for my presentation and start to work on my talking points. I figure I will focus the most on the hockey camp. My topic idea is about doing things to help others no matter how small. Then I will give examples of companies and charities that have helped people and have grown over a period of time. I will probably have about fifteen slides and one minute or thirty seconds of dialogue on each. I am excited to get started on my presentation and what I am going to write about. I feel I am a pretty good public speaker, however I get nervous sometimes when I talk without a script like I will be in my TED Talk. 

I am making a goal of having at least five slides and dialogue written and made up by my next blog post. 

Here are a couple photos of the Hemingway House. 

Here is his wraparound balcony

Here is his study where Hemingway wrote many of his novels.

This is one of The ancestors of one of Hemingway's original cats. A lot of the cats who inhabit the house (there are about forty of them) have six or seven toes, a trait that they inherited from the original cats.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Twenty time post 20

Hello all!

I have figured out what I am going to speak about in my end of the year presentation. I figured that my project was about doing things to help others no matter how small, I would talk about how anyone can do a good thing no matter how small and then grow it to be bigger and have more impact on society. Now I will start to get slides together and get my slide show ready for presenting which will be in late May. I am excited to present and also nervous, although I have no reason to be. In my presentation I have to get together an intro, an example form my project then how it relates to life and others. I really want to leave an impact on people no matter if its big or small. 

This week for my project I went to a pill packing party for the Haiti trip. A bunch of volunteers came together to prepare sets of medications a necessary objects for people's health. It was fun and I had the chance to meet a lot of wonderful people. I met Dr. Graves, the president of the HART foundation and other people who really loved to support the cause. Here are some photos. My task was to pour out the pull bottles, pack a small bag with twenty pills then label the bags. The pills I packed were similar to Motrin, but they were much more powerful to help the injured people in Haiti. 

Until next week!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Twenty Time Post 19

I didn't publish a post last week because Mr. Provenzano made it a new rule that we only have to post an update on our project every two weeks.

This week I began thinking about what I should say during my Ted Talk and found that it was really hard to choose just one idea that encompasses my project. Since the overall idea of my project is helping people, I figured my final talk should be something about that. Maybe about the idea that one person can make a difference no matter how big or small. As long as you try to make a difference and help people in any way, it doesn't matter if you start your own charity, or just raise fifty dollars. If everyone who had the privileges and luck to live in such a great community as I do did something, anything really, to help the less fortunate, then our world would be a much better place than it is now.

This is what I think my project is about. Doing anything to help other, no matter how small.

Now for a little update. The board member who I met with a few weeks ago invited me to a gathering where people supporting the charity will visit to help build pills, or supply packs that will go to Haiti. This gathering is on April 5th. I think I will go, just to support the foundation. Also, I think it would be cool to present what I did for the foundation in front of the board members and presidents at one of the next meetings. Not everyone can say that they presented the charitable work they did in front of the whole foundation's board.

Also, I have collected about five or six phones that I will send into the company that buys old phones later. Maybe next week.

Until next week.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

Project Petite Église post 18

This week regarding my project i finally turned in the money I raised from hockey for HART. It totaled in at exactly 601 dollars. There was only three hundred dollars from the camp but I had a local business match what I raised whih catapulted the number up to six hundred dollars. I met with a woman on the Board of HART on Saturday. She said that the foundation was really grateful for everything I have done so far. She also mentioned that she would be speaking to the board about my camp and asked if I wanted to do a small presentation for them. 

In April HART is having a bake sale and I was welcomed to make some goodies and help out. I think that would be a nice little project as a fun way to help people. 

This week I am going over to Mr. C's car wash to get the tickets for selling. I calculated up some number and from just selling tickets I could raise over three hundered dollars! Next I will go to my local Ace and talk to them about selling some tickets in the store. Last time I visited, the manager was really enthusiastic about me selling some tickets.

Also I need to start practicing and thinkin about my presentation at the end of the year. I need to somehow relate my project to a real Ted talk.

Until next week.