I love the band more than anything else. My main goal in my high school career is to help to improve the program and to help to assist our administrators who work extremely hard (Mr. Harwood, Mrs. Wood, Gaga, Dr. Covert, etc.). I hope that I can continue to help improve the morale of the band and my section in whatever position you choose to put me in.
In the beta club I am often asked to spontaneously speak. This has massively improved my public speaking. I have also volunteered for the beta club over twelve hours, and have led our service projects. I am very proud of our members for really making a difference this year.
This experience has provided me with ways to help others that I was never aware of previously. I thoroughly enjoy the class on how to properly lead others and conduct yourself and it has improved me as a person and my leadership style.
I highly enjoyed being an assistant section leader. I believe it truly changed me for the better in many ways. I really enjoyed my responsibilities and have realized that my main calling in life is music and helping others. I have gained confidence in myself that I never thought possible and this has genuinely been the happiest year in my life. My journey with this position began at the Georgia State Leadership institute. I enjoyed this experience more than any other camp or institute I have been to. It really helped me focus on my three main goals for the year.
1. Improve myself
2. Improve my section
3. Improve my band
These were what I prioritized during the year, and I understood that it would be harder for me due to my age, but I was ready and excited for the challenge. I began working to improve my playing and my marching, working with Aurora through text, practicing for hours, and taking lessons after school. I believe that every goal can be obtained as long as you make smaller goals that lead you up to that point. I also worked to improve myself as a person, including watching hours of speeches on leadership from former band directors and drum majors and giving myself an understanding of basic psychology, so I could better understand the reactions and choices of others. I continued to maintain a consistent work ethic, a will to improve, and a positive attitude. So, I believe that over this past marching season I improved myself.
Improving my Section
The next goal was to improve my section. Of course, this would be a bit difficult, however, I remembered my experience from Georgia State and what the lectures and other section leaders taught me. At first, there was conflict. I was too young and too cheery, but I didn't let that discourage me. My first idea was to have a section bag filled with snacks and hygiene products that the girls could use at any time. This is because the year I remember that the year before some of the members of my section had blood sugar issues and burned easily. They really liked the idea, and we began to bond more as a section. We had a reputation of being the most dramatic section in the band, and I really wanted to change that. I remembered that during the leadership institute they had done an activity where everyone laid on chairs and the took the chairs from under them. It was to demonstrate trust. They then gave us a talk on the effects of team bonding activities and I found that very inspiring, so I decided to try them out. It all started with friendship bracelets, and the girls seemed to love it. I was so excited that we were all getting along. Our friendships began to grow as we did more activities together (I named these clarinet Fridays). I am proud to say that our section had very few issues throughout the season when it came to drama.
At the beginning of the season, there were two other main issues I was desperate to address: Attendance and Participation. The team bonding activities helped to up our participation and attendance because it gave the girls something to look forward to every week for their hard work. As everyone began to get along I noticed participation on the field began to increase. There were many people who I was extremely proud of for their change in work ethic. Overall as a section, I was very proud of how we improved and became more like a family. I can now say that I would call every member of my section a friend if not family, and that was not always the truth.
There was conflict, and I tried my best to deal with it as level headedly as possible. Originally, there was a conflict with work distribution, so I made a schedule so that everyone would be doing equal amounts of work. I made it so different people worked different days for practices. Since this was towards the beginning of the season, there were some members of my section who did not want to comply, so I filled in for them. No matter what, the job was done. I made sure that the work distribution was as equal as possible, and that the freshmen were taken care of. This conflict was resolved when each person was given their own job, and I got uniform room, which I greatly enjoyed.
Improving the Band
Now, onto improving the band: Working in the uniform room helped me to truly understand what members of the band need and how to work in a team. I really enjoyed working on the uniforms. I am quite a perfectionist, which came in handy. I was really happy to be helping the band, Gaga, and Josh. From my experience in the uniform room and as an assistant section leader, I realized that people often forgot their black socks. I chose to fix this problem by having four pairs of black socks in my uniform bag at all times. I also noticed that people outside of my section really enjoyed the idea of the section bag, so I decided to start carrying extra food and water with me in case people needed it.
People from other sections also asked about being included in the clarinet Fridays, and that's when the idea popped in my head to have bonding events for the whole band. So, I started small with a trick or treating table on Halloween. I was excited to see that people enjoyed it. Then I did a pumpkin painting where we welcomed a few members of the trumpet section. The final thing I did for the band and rising freshmen was the white elephant gift exchange and the cookies for Christmas. It was so fulfilling to see the rising freshmen making new friends and being welcomed into the band. People exchanged gifts and (hopefully) enjoyed the cookies. I hope it upped the morale of the band.
Finally, I noticed a lack of parental volunteers for the pizza distribution and decided to step in and have various members of my section step in for leadership experience. I really enjoyed serving the band and helping Gaga, Mr. Harwood, and Mrs. Wood, because I recognize how much you all do for the band.
My main goal in this band and in life is to help. It is truly my calling to give to and help others in any way I can. I believe this can be accomplished from any position. I hope and I truly believe that I made a positive change this year to myself, my section, and my band. Thank you so much for an amazing season.
I have been the captain of the academic team for roughly five years now, and I am very proud of how my team has developed. The academic team is a very fine balance of strategy and skill assessment. In order to be successful, you must get to know every member, their strengths, and their weaknesses. I formed my team based on what everyone was good at while still attempting to include everyone who wanted to be included. My team is truly successful in every way. They have a diverse skillset and fantastic temperance. We have bonded together as a family and I am very proud to say that we won the regional championship and are headed to state this year. This leadership position has taught me how to assess people's strengths and weaknesses, how to work with different personality types, and how to be a role model for others. I love my role as the captain of the academic team, and I am very proud of everyone who participates.
Some accomplishments I am very proud of are maintaining straight A's and perfect attendance my entire scholarly career; leading and maintaining multiple teams at once; getting the geometry, music, and world history award last year; getting my girl scouts bronze award; getting into the interview process for GHP; making it into the Young Harris Honor band; auditioning for District Honor band twice; becoming president of the BETA club; assisting in the founding of the international countries club; tutoring students who were making Cs to make As; learning four instruments and three languages; being accepted into the Lumpkin Youth Leadership program; being captain of the academic team for roughly five years; being one of the lead prosecutors for mock trial; being the music director for the summer musical theatre program; volunteering for over thirty-seven hours at the local library; volunteering for over ninety-six hours at the local six gap race over twelve years, and finally and most importantly being the assistant section leader of the Lumpkin County High School Band of Gold.
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