Even a week after coming back, I cannot stop thinking about the many amazing moments of my five days in Washington, DC. We considered Van Gogh's oil paintings at the National Gallery of Art, admired some of the world's largest diamonds at the Natural History Museum and felt the presence of history at the Lincoln Memorial and the White House. My favourite experience, however, was listening to the two keynote speakers at the DECA Innovations and Entrepreneurship Conference, pop singer Kat Perkins, who spoke about fearlessness, and education advocate Byron Garrett, who told us how to manage our time and believe in ourselves. I particularly remember one of Garrett's lines, "If the mind can conceive it and the heart can believe it, then the hands can achieve it!"
Last weekend, SJS hosted the Provincial Public Speaking Competition. Jerry, Grade 9, placed top 3 in four different categories and was 2nd place overall for Juniors. Congratulations also goes to India, Grade 11, who won gold for solo acting.