One of my top three moments from the trip is the STN convention. This year, I was on the Convention Recap team with Kaycee. This was a new competition at STN so we really didn't know what to expect. I actually really enjoyed Recap. I found it fun to be able to creatively create a video that expresses what STN truly is. Part of the convention recap competition is to show all aspects of the convention. A lot of our filming time was waiting near the submit boxes. We filmed participants turning in their flash drives as the deadline arrived. It was so heartbreaking to see many people being so close, and not getting their entry in by just one second. The competition itself really taught me about the importance of time management to meet your deadline. Also, we got to meet, compete, and learn from other students interested in media production. I thought that was just amazing. My favorite part about the convention would have to be the closing ceremony though. I loved the energy coming from the left section where all the Hawaii schools sat. I felt true Hawaii pride and proud to be representing Hawaii! Even though winning is just icing on the cake, I am very proud of all my friends and classmates for trying their hardest, and the results from the ceremony showed that it payed off!
Another top moment from the trip was visiting the 9/11 memorial museum. 9/11 was a very tragic and sad part in our nation's history. The museum we went to had a great exhibit. The exhibit consisted of three chapters, before, after, and the day of 9/11. The whole exhibit was utterly heartbreaking and really sad. All the artifacts and material in the museum was really heavy, but it is important to remember and learn about what happened. Going to the museum taught me about what really happened in the attack, and caused me to have a newly profound gratitude towards the honorable heroes that helped in 9/11. Many people joined together, united, to help those in need. Overall, it was such a sad and memorable museum, and I really enjoyed learning from it.
My greatest moment from the trip is ice skating in Central Park while it snowed. This is probably my most favorite memory from the trip. I loved this day. We were in Central Park skating, having just come back from Chelsea Piers. This was the second time we went ice skating, so I actually improved at it! I only fell four times, as opposed to the over 20 the initial time. This time, almost the whole class made it. Most of us were still getting the hang of it, and we all helped each other up when we fell. Our CKTV Ohana really showed through. I remember the ice was slippery, and they played one of my favorite songs, Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars on the speaker. We were all ice skating in groups and everything was just right. We had to get off the ice for about 30 minutes or so so they could resurface the ice rink with the Zamboni. I wasn't really cold then, even though it was quite cold. I think it was because I was full of adrenaline. Anyways, I went inside, and got a cup of hot chocolate. When I returned outside with my hot cocoa, it started snowing! I've never seen snow or been in snow for that fact, so this was quite a sight. Everyone in the class got really excited and we were all thrilled that it was snowing. I went ice skating in New York with all of my best friends, while it snowed. This was one of my best moments.
In conclusion, this was the best STN trip I've experienced. My top three moments would be the STN closing ceremony, visiting the 9/11 memorial museum, and ice skating in Central Park while it snowed. Unfortunately, many of us got sick, but we made the most of it. Thank you again, Mr. M and chaperones! I appreciate all your hard work for making this trip great. Well, that is it for this week's constructed response! Thanks for reading! Bye!