Monday, May 18, 2015

Pitch Day

With the anticipation that Pitch Day would be nerve racking, it actually wasn't as bad as I thought. Parents and other members of the community seemed pleased about my work, as they were smiling throughout the presentation. As I thought I'd forget what I was going to say, most of the presentation felt natural. There was plenty of pictures to help me remember what I needed to say, plus the whole presentation was about one of my own passions- so it was easier to talk about. The only bad part I could think of was the amounts of break time, because you never knew when you had to present again. In conclusion, I think Pitch Day was a great experience, and I hope the others enjoyed it as well. 

Here is a picture of my visual aid I presented. 

Pitch Day Anticipation

I have a lot of things I have to do before Pitch day occurs. My checklist is the following: 
-Finish the trifold board
-Finish the slideshow
-Practice the speech 

As pitch day sounds very exciting, I'm very nervous. This is mainly because public speaking is something I struggle with, and I don't feel as prepared as I should be. Hopefully thoug I can get everything done and still have a good presentation! 

This is a picture of myself reading my checklist. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Planning for Pitch Day

With all the work I've done during this unit, I think I would like to present my information through a trifold board. Using a trifold board would be an easy way to show all the steps I would need to go through to complete my goals. Also, creativity and visual aid is something I am strong at, so my work will be presented very nicely. 

Along with my trifold board, I will need to figure out what I need to say during my pitch. I would need to say the following: 
- Introduce myself
- Show my passion for running on a slideshow 
- Explain how my passion can help others
- Explain the steps to create a 5k (future goal) 
- Explain my plan for volunteering 
- Explain how I grew and learned throughout the process 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Contacting a Professional

For my professional phone call, I spoke face to face with my cross-country coach. He was very helpful, as he gave me a couple of races on the top of his head that I could easily volunteer for. Before I talked to him, I assumed that I could only volunteer for a few 5k's, as you have to sign up ahead of time. However, I didn't realize how much help is actually needed to run a race, therefore a lot of orginzations willing to let me help out with not only 5k's, but other races such as 10k's, half marathons, etc. This process of talking to my coach was a little stressful, as finding time to talk to him was challenging. Luckily though, I was able to meet with him recently, and find out more information then I expected. Towards the end of the conversation, he was willing to send me pdf's of flyers for other races I could volunteer for. 

Below is a picture of one of the races my coach offered me to volunteer for. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Findings Through Research

         To start off my research, I started to look up and think further on some of the inquiry questions I had. I have an idea to start creating, or helping out, with a 5k at my church, considering costs to run on the property would be little to no cost. If I were to go through with this plan, I would need to talk to one of my pastors, or the church directer. Helping wise, I would need a bunch of volunteers, knowing I need people on the course, helpers to setup/clean up, and plan. Adding on, I would need an ambulance or some sort of medical help in case someone would get hurt.
         With all of these procedures in mind, I would also have to consider all of the steps needed to create a 5k. This includes a huge amount of planning, setting up, cleaning up, grabbing attention to the media, dealing with money, etc. Given all of these from further research, I figured I wanted to start out this process more gradually. That is, instead of creating and organizing a whole 5k race, maybe starting out by volunteering for an annual race instead. That way, I can still gain experience without starting out too big for what I can handle.
        As starting out really big seemed really dumb of me, I proud of myself that I went through this process and realized what I'm capable of. My genius hour did change a little bit as I changed my end goal, but my passion and determination has not. I'm happy to know that I failed in the beginning, simply because I now know what I am capable of, and can show more success in the end.

Below is one of the main websites I used to consider what I would've needed to do to create my own 5k race. 

More Questions: 
- What race(s) may I want to help out with? 
- What kind of help would I do? 
- Who would I contact to help out? 
- How do I sign up to help out? 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Changing Society Through Running

        With the passion of running, I thought about helping the community in many different ways. For one, I could somehow collect donations from runners to help people in need. These people can be from third world countries, or even just our county. Also, I can use running to make other people have a better physical health. This can be done by influencing and possibly coaching others to run, or setting up an event for others to get out and get exercise. 

        For my overall goal in 20 Hour/Genius Hour, I think I would love to create and set up a 5k. As this may seem a very challenging task, I think I can get somewhere with some help. Even if the overall outcome isn't a scheduled race, at least I could know what I need to do to be able to accomplish this, or even start on the first step of creating one. 

Inquiry Questions for further research: 
- What kind of skills/items would I need to organize this? 
- What kind of things would I need to consider while creating a 5k? 
- What sort of help would I need to do this? 
- Who would I need to talk to? 
- Where can I hold the event? 

Monday, April 6, 2015

My Passion for Running

        I started to be inspired by running when I was in sixth grade, after I joined the program "Girls on the Run". "Girls on the Run" was a great way for me to try something new, and be apart of something that kept me fit. Not only did the program help my self confidence, but showed me one of my best talents. After a couple months of practicing with my group, I finally ran my first 5k. I had great success, considering I was the first girl to cross the line within my group. I couldn't have been happier with myself, and I had to continue. 

        When I started to run cross-country in middle school, I can't say that I had the most joyful experience. Workouts got harder, and my endurance just wasn't as strong as I thought it was. But after working hard each and every season, I noticed that every obstacle can be something to overcome, from running to other problems in life. Today, I stand as a varsity runner in both cross country and track. I progressed from something I did for fun to a competitive sport, but what now? What else can I do to progress? 

        With running always being one of my biggest passions, helping others is something that I've always enjoyed as well. After thinking about how I can progress my running career, I kept stumbling over the thought that some people in our world can't pursue some of their own passions. For my "Genius Hour" project, I was considering organizing a 5k race, that supports people in need, who are unable to do things that they love. Even though running has its downs, I would be in distraught if I had to be taken away from it. Everyone deserves to have a shot at their passion, and be able to enjoy it.