The Writers’ Assembly is an annual event that happens at GFS. Students from 6th through 12th grade are allowed to submit short stories, poems, or essays. The best 20 or so articles are selected, and those people are called up to read their piece in front of the entire Middle and Upper Schools.
Stage One: Submission
The first stage is just being picked. I enjoy writing, so the many posters flaunting the writers’ assembly caught my eye. I wrote a piece I liked and submitted it. Then I waited.
I was really excited when June came and spoke to me. I learned later who else was in the assembly from Middle School: Sarah Cherubini, Gabriel Katowitz, Will Jiggets, Madison Wells-McFee, and Lily Anninger. I was the only sixth grader.
Stage Two: Practicing
Practicing is harder than it seems. You have to be clear and concise, and slow. It’s hard to get it right. I often sped up and my audience couldn’t understand me. Reading anything aloud is complicated and tricky. I read in front of June and got feedback. I read in front of my parents. I read in front of my homeroom class and my friends.
Stage Three: Anticipation
Finally, the day arrived. The night before, I was really excited, and the excitement lasted until the morning. I got through the first one and a half periods, just wanting to get to the assembly. By the second half of second period to when I was headed to the assembly, I was nervous and jumpy inside. I got to the Loeb and waited on the stage with students from both middle and high school. As I watched the people stream in, I got more and more nervous. There were so many people. So many people I was going to read in front of. Being second in the order didn’t help my nerves.
Stage Four: Reading
Sarah went first. I watched her. People applauded. When the clapping began to cease, I stood up and walked to the stand. I took a breath, and, after introducing myself and my piece, I began to read.
It went faster than I expected. People clapped. I went back to my seat and watched the other writers read their pieces. I enjoyed listening; now that the weight had been lifted from my shoulders I felt much calmer.
Stage Five: After
I felt wonderful after reading in front of the school. I received compliments from both friends and others. I was happy that my piece had been well received, and proud of what I’d accomplished.