Sunday, June 8, 2014

Final Blog Post

1. Overall, what is your opinion of 20 Time based on YOUR experience in class?
Well, I have a lot of mixed feeling about twenty time. Let me start by saying that I absolutely loved it and the idea of it in the beginning of the year, and when I thought I had Mrs. Henk instead of Mr. Provenzanno, I was really upset that I wouldn't get the chance to do 20 time like a lot of my friends would, so needless to say, when my schedule switched again, I was happy. Next in the order of events comes the day we picked our projects, personally I was extremely excited about my idea, as I should've been, because my project was really cool and I'm really proud of myself for doing it. Anyway, when I told my idea to Mr. Provenzanno, his lack of excitement really hurt me. It seemed as if he was excited for every other persons project and didn't really love mine. I figured that maybe he was just in a bad mood when I came up to his desk, but as the year rolled on, I realized that that was not the case. Each time I found out something new and exciting about my project, I tried to fill him in, and a lot of times he seemed excited...until a few weeks ago. I had been making announcements about my project in class since the beginning of May and I had gotten the class really excited about it. I guess I was sort of expecting Mr. Provenzanno to share in the excitement and support me, being that all throughout the year he had said that he would support everyone's project. A week before the run, I went up to Mr. P and asked if he planned on attending my race, his response was something like, "My aunt's brother's friends cousin's sister's child wants to play with  my son at a garage sale." Sure it might've been true but I was so hurt because I felt so unsupported and confused because I didn't understand why someone who had told me the whole year that he would support everyone, didn't want to support me. To my surprise, Mr. P actually did end up coming to my 5K and I am very happy that he did because if he didn't I would have been absolutely crushed. 
2. What are some aspects of 20 Time that you think should be adjusted for students next year?
I think that if Mr. P says he will support everyone, he needs to hold to that completely. Also, Mr. Provenzanno told me that I "guilted him into coming to my run," and stuff like that just shouldn't happen. I also think that everyone should get an A on their speech at the end because some of my friends who put so much time into their speeches, didn't get As because it was really hard for them to get up on the stage. I also don't think blog posts were helpful, and they shouldn't have brought my grade down so much for only missing one. I think the amount of the class we spent on 20 Time is way too much to a point where I'm not even sure this should count as an Honors American Lit class.
3. What are some aspects of 20 Time that should NOT be changed for students next year? & 4. Is 20 Time something that more students should do in school? Please explain why or why not.
I don't think 20 Time should happen next year. I didn't use any of the Friday's to get anything done for my project, so this is something that I did entirely out of school, and I think those Friday's could've been used to get some more English stuff done, because I don't feel at all prepared to go onto AP Lang, which is why I'm not. 20 Time would be cool if it was it's own class, because one Friday isn't enough time to get anything done, and the time wasted on Friday's is valuable time that we should have used to learn English. 

5. What advice would you give to students who are doing 20 Time next year?
Don't let anyone tell you that you or your project is any less cool than someone else's. Also, don't talk about your project a lot until it's too late for someone else to take your idea. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


THE SPEECH IS OVER BUT IM STILL STRESSED BECAUSE THE RUN IS THIS SATURDAY, I REPEAT THE RUN IS THIS SATURDAY. (And if you can't tell by the caps lock, I'm freakin out.) yes, I think I'm prepared, but can one ever be too prepared? No. Though the stress of the audition speech is gone, my stress about the race grows more present every day. I've gotten to the point where I don't really even like thinking about it anymore, because the stress just really kills me. Hopefully all will be well, but I'm very nervous for the event

Monday, May 12, 2014

Blog post who knows what

Everything is finally looking up! So far 50 people have registered for my race, I know the route, have timing equipment and have more things in store for me this week! I have an online registration form and a paper one. I will be meeting with farms chief of police this week, and discussing more in depth safety on the route.  Yesterday my mom and I biked the route and that was awesome because it was Mother's Day and it is a beautiful route on the lake and Grosse Pointe boulevard! Here is the link to online registration, please share it as much as you can!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling TWENTY-TWO.

Hey! Sorry this post is a little late, I was unable to publish while in Europe. Anyway, I have been working on my project a lot lately because May is the Month, this is it! To say the least, I'm very stressed out. Not only is this race approaching so soon, but so are AP Exams, projects, finals, track meets, choir final concerts, Stuco planning and the end of my sophomore year. Not to mention the various lifeguard interviews I've been attending, and the decision of where I am going to be working this summer. As for the project, things aren't as smooth as they could be, but they're also not bad. As you know, the project can't happen on South's field, and it also can't happen on Richard's until 1:30, which isn't an awful option, but its not ideal. I'm contacting The Academy and St. Paul tomorrow to see if I can start it there, and if not I'm considering starting at my house. The stress builds more and more every day, and I feel as if the Month of May is going to be over in two seconds. I'm thinking about my talk, but to be honest it's not my main priority in any respect, it's turned into a little bit of a burden, but hopefully I'll be able to pull through. I know failing my project is an option, but I just really want this race to happen, and if it means having just an OK speech, I'm kind of OK with it.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Over the past couple weeks things have been kind of slow, but one major thing happened and I wasn't all too thrilled about it, the track is not available for my event. I found this out a couple days ago and I think it is because the track is going to be under construction at that time but I'm not entirely sure because they didn't offer very much explanation as to why it is not available. I do have a plan B though, I am going to see if I will be able to start the event on Richard's field which could be kinda nice, but I'm going to have to turn the route around a bit. I've also been thinking about my talk this week, and I have my idea, but I've decided that thought the Talk is important, my race is right around the corner and I need to be more focused on that. 

Monday, March 24, 2014


Hey bloggers! So since I've last blogged, Coach Z has approved me using the timing equipment and he is going to help me out with my event even though it is unfortunately on the same day as  track state finals, so he will be doing a lot of behind the scenes before hand help. I've also been looking into different ways to do the forms and im starting to think I know what to do with all that! I'm really excited about this event even though I've decided to stray from the north south competition aspect. I need to contact the GP news and patch and start looking at all my advertising possibilities, and those are some of my goals for the coming week! I was at Stuco states this weekend so most of my work was done last weekend.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

blog blog blog ( i think this is 19)

finally an exciting blog day!!
So much has happened in the last couple weeks, and I am very excited! First of all, I met with Dr. Outlaw and he is down with the North v. South Competition, but I still need to meet with the principal of North, I emailed her but no response yet. I also confirmed the support hallway cards with Dr. Outlaw and I am very excited about that as well. I also emailed Coach Zaranek, asking him to help  me with the timing equipment, and if we can start the event on the track, which I'm hoping will be A-ok!I'm getting more and more excited (and nervous) as the event date approaches, but I am really hoping that everything works out and we raise a lot of money for a good cause!  Another awesome thing that I did this week was design the T-shirts, and let me tell you they are very very cool! I have started the permission slips, but have not yet finished them. I talked to Mrs. Fimbinger about advertising in the tower, and I am going to contact the Grosse Pointe News about advertising as soon as I finish blogging!
Stay Classy GP,