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The Summit from a Presenter’s Point of View

Claire O'Melia, Social Media Editor

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This being my first year at Boise High, and therefore my first time at the BHS Summit, I had no idea what to expect. I truly had no idea what I was in for, especially when I signed up to do a presentation.

Despite my naivety when it came to the Summit, I was enthusiastic. A day full of peer-led activities designed to help us learn about justice? It sounded great.

So, I selected a topic, “The Importance of Intersectional Feminism,” and quickly got to work. A friend volunteered to be my co-presenter, and my excitement only grew. We researched, wrote a detailed outline, made a Prezi, and began to practice. Everything was looking up!

Until about a week before the Summit, when my partner dropped out. I was crushed. I was already facing some anxiety about the presentation, but having to present alone? The prospect terrified me.

Nonetheless, I persisted, continuing to practice to make sure the presentation was perfect.

Finally, the day of the Summit arrived. But so did my stage fright.

I presented alone, nearly shaking, trying to sound and to appear confident.

Despite what I expected, I survived. Barely.

The Summit was nerve wracking, excruciating, but wonderful.

It’s not every day that one gets to share about an issue they care about to an attentive audience. And it’s not every day that one gets to listen to and attend incredible and informative lectures led by your friends and fellow students. Plus, it’s not every day that one gets to hear a renowned Senator speak and inspire!

The Summit was truly an experience unlike any other.

I would highly recommend presenting next year, whether or not you did this year. The students are the backbone of the incredible Summit, and with you involved, our school’s event will be even more informative, exciting, and fun!   

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