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The opposite of talking isnt listening The opposite of talking is waiting When my new varsity policy partner Justin and I received the results of our first tournament together I was devastated It was a pitiful 3-5 win-loss record My work and research had all come to nothing this did not bode well for the rest of the season I joined speech and debate because I loved to communicate with others and share my opinions Debate had become my passion and outlet On this particular dark windy night on the Kamehameha Schools campus it seemed that my passions had fallen flat What would be the final culmination of all our hard work and dedication Teachers have called me a passionate assertive student who was always willing to suggest an idea When my English 9 teacher encouraged me to join speech and debate and take advantage of my knack for public speaking I was skeptical Indeed I had no clue how large a role speech and debate would become My first few attempts at practicing were dismal at best I was so nervous I could hardly concentrate on forming cohesive sentences But as time went on I became confident and went on to win second place in the junior varsity policy debate competition at the Hawaii Speech League State Tournament That following year my junior year I was elected to become a member of the officer core Serving as the teams treasurer was a big responsibility requiring a significant amount of time and dedication That year was also difficult academically forcing me to balance my schedule between studying researching for debate and practicing music Music has been a significant part of my life ever since I can remember Ive been playing the piano since I was eight years old and the cello since I was eleven Somehow my family and I found a way to balance all the elements I juggled in my
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