A GOOD SHOWING — Congratulations are in order for the East Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team, which traveled to Binghamton, N.Y., this past weekend for the annual, statewide tournament. The team placed 18th overall in the Odyssey Angels Division II category. This was the first time in school history that a team, following its first-place win at the regional level, advanced to states. East Middle was also the only team throughout the entire district to compete this year.
I was given a preview of the team’s sea-themed skit, which was highlighted in last week’s edition, as members rehearsed for states. I was impressed by the students’ creativity and enthralled by their use of props and humor. Their mature and professional attitudes caused me to reflect on my own behaviors.
On my first day at The Bee, I was presented with two seating options in the newsroom: next to another reporter, which could have been advantageous while I learned the ropes, or alone.
I chose the latter — and that’s where I remain today, nearly four years later.
Maybe it was the years of having to share a room with one of my sisters that made me crave my own space for all eternity. Perhaps it’s my natural independence that’s kept me desk-mate-free. After all, I’d gone rogue in every family home video, contently entertaining myself somewhere in the distance while one sister hogged the camera’s spotlight. It could even be my stubborn personality that steers me away from others.
The only thing I know for certain is that, even in grade school, I’ve always worked better alone. Sure I can be a team player when it counts, but I tend to live by this motto: If you want something done right, do it yourself.
As I watched four of the five team members rehearse, I admittedly felt myself growing anxious. I used to cringe whenever my school teachers would assign group projects, or worse — assign the group. Yet, here was a batch of young professionals in the making who were not only working together by choice, but were truly enjoying one another and the teamwork process. I’m still baffled.
I give these five seventh- and eighth-grade students credit for honing in on skills that are imperative for being successful in life. To any future employer, you’d be remiss not to hire Sydney Pittner, Katie Grannell, Vicky Hearn, Elliot Brown or Ryan Kostek in whatever field or industry they choose to enter.
Although the team will not be advancing to the Odyssey world finals, The Bee extends its congratulations for a job well done — and a heartfelt thanks for the humbling reminder on the importance of working well with others.
HOP TO SOUTHGATE —The Easter bunny will make an appearance this weekend from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Southgate Plaza.
Pictures may be taken with the Easter bunny for $5 each. This will be set up on the side of the Dollar Tree inside the plaza. All proceeds will be donated to Our Lady of Victory Infant Home.
Other activities to be featured that day include an animal show with Hawk Creek Wildlife, free coloring books and a chocolate treat, children’s crafts, free carousel rides, clowns and stilt-walkers.
Whether your Easter is about searching the house for a basket filled with sugary treats and colored eggs, or a more traditional religious observance, may it be a blessed holiday weekend for all.