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Just some thoughts about my latest school involvement work to get a guest speaker for the Rowland High School 2010 Graduation - in a semi secret fashion - so I'll continue that here. 

So it was about 2 weeks ago, when I came across the '\@& )$ |#! %|# competition on Twitter. (The symbols don't stand for letters, so don't even try).  And I sent it to a certain school counselor who suggested I send it to the principal.  Basically what ended up happening without going into too much detail is that the principal said yes, and I got a group of a few people together.  @*;!%## and (#!$^& are who I contacted first, and then letter a couple others.  Needless to say, we met with @%@ !&*#&& to talk about things to put in the application and so forth.  And then Sunday night was at my house for about 8 hours to write up the thing, as well as today at school, some of the group staying until past 8. 

Anyways, the important thing about this, even if the guest speaker isn't able to come to our graduation is that we took a stand - well more like staked a position I suppose - but that we took some sort of action, which I think is more than alot of people do, and that puts us ahead by a lot.  In one of my interviews (a college scholarship interview for #^ #(*^#)@), I talked with my interviewer (a very nice lady and professor of education), about the idea of standing up, and she said something that impacted me.  When you stand up and say something, the other side can never say that they were uninformed.  Because it's important to know that you may not be able to change everything, to convince everyone to your point of view.  But you can still speak.  Just because they don't act isn't cause for us to put a self imposed censorship of silence upton ourselves.  In fact, it only serves to motivate us more to speak out, and at the least, the very least, the other side can no longer say that they did not know how we feel.  And that probably is what creates the key difference.  We know how we feel. And now they do, and what they do with our information is in their hands, but we can be proud that we didn't let this opportunity just slide by, no matter what the outcome.

In retrospect, I think I really enjoyed this process.  Which kind of reminded me of political dealings - last minute mark ups to the speech language, that sort of thing. A couple years ago I wondered what it would be like to be a speechwriter as a career.  Maybe it's time to take a look back at that idea. 

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