I was the only Freshman on the Varsity Bowling Team, so when it came around for the Freshman Winter Pep Rally in school, I was the only one that had to go to the auditorium to represent the team with the other freshman teams, while the other guys were playing dodgeball in the gym with the other varsity teams.
One by one the other teams were called up and played a bunch of party games. So the freshman wrestling team went up and beat the freshman cheerleaders, so then it was the bowling teams turn, which sounded good on paper, but when they only announced one name, mine, it made it a lot more funnier. Some people stood and cheered, and when I got up there, there was quite a buzz going through the auditorium. The event was cup stacking, so I had to go against thirty of my classmates and friends, by myself, in front of my entire class. It was a little scary I'll admit that much. So I started the event and some of the other wrestlers came over and cheered me on behind me. I won and now the auditorium was electric.
They started chanting my last name, it was a such a surreal feeling. The entire class now knew who I was. I then beat the freshman girls basketball team in Simon "Firebird" says, and lost to the freshman dance team because I didn't want to dance in a freeze-dance competition. I then got a standing ovation when I came off of the stage, and that made me extremely well known and well liked throughout the class for the rest of high school. That day back in January in 2012, was one of the best days of my life.
The reason I bring this up on the blog for this Memory Monday, is for two reasons. One, some people from my class who were in the audience most likely will read this entry, and Two, it is still relevant to this day, as it appeared as one of the 'defining' moments of the Class of 2015 in our school newspaper, and also as many people wrote about it in my yearbook. As I look forward this week to going back up to my high school, and seeing all of my friends, I can say with a certainty that this memory, as well as other ones that will be appearing in future entries, will be discussed in great length.
Do you have any moments like this in high school? Would you want moments like this?
Quotes of the Day: "Change before you have to." - Jack Welch
"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out." - Edwin Markham