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A Shadow Dancer’s Victory

     For the past four years, AES has been joining the NYSTESC and participated in various competitions such as the School Quiz, Essay Writing, Poster Making, and Entertainment Night Competitions. Every batch that are being sent in the camp are only aiming for one goal, and that is to be in the AES’s Hall of Fame. Last year, the batch of the Dreamers had their batch name etched in the Hall of Fame when Bajury Mustapha won 1st runner-up in the Poster Making Competition. The performance of the Dreamers challenged us to do better in the NYSTESC. We, the shadow dancers of the Silhouette Dance Competition, gave our time in order to be on top.

     We can’t practice well in the presence of sunlight since we can’t form the figures properly. The presence of sunlight during mornings forced us to only practice at night and only in a certain house because we are not allowed to stay in the school due to safety problems in the city. The first two nights became really hard because of our overnight practices that ended at 4 AM at most. We can’t let any time pass by since the availability of our choreographers is not that long. Sacrifice was the only thing we did. For the following nights, we limited our time for practices due to the classes in the following days. Teachers, themselves, have observed how hard our training was because some of us have been sleeping during class hours and even going to the clinic because some got sick. Quizzes and performance tasks became so hard for us to do because of the limited time that we had to prepare. Everything has played off when we won the trophy and reached our ultimate goal which is to be in the Hall of Fame.

     “I’m still speechless until now because you brought your message out of the screen to your viewers.” One of the judges said. We felt like we have won already because of that comment since we had the best comment among all the contestants. Those sleepless nights got us a trophy, medals of our own, and a spot in the school’s Hall of Fame. As a member of the group of dancers, I’m so overwhelmed and honored to have brought a name for our own batch and for Albert Einstein School.

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