My heart was beating so fast. Joanna and I were extremely curious and  nervous at the same time. They were about to announce the 3 winners for the junior high (SMP) level. We were in an unfamiliar environment, in another school called PSKD Mandiri, taking part in a story-telling competition against schools like St. Theresia, PSKD Mandiri, etc. It was obvious Joanna and I, from Penabur International Tanjung Duren SMPK 8, in the class of 9 Business, were totally panicked.

The theme for the competitions held in the quaint, yet warm school of PSKD Mandiri was “Rise Up, Live Today and Seize Tomorrow”. It was a totally different type of theme since, this time, we had to make up our own story to fit the theme. It was pretty interesting, because we pretty much only had 2 days to really practice for the competition, since we were asked to join the competition on Monday, the 21st of October, while the competition was on the 24th. This meant we had to prepare and finish the story by Tuesday, which we did. From this, we spent as much time as possible to perfect the story and to practice the story. It was pretty astonishing that we had so much to think about and do in such a short time frame, but we managed to get everything done and ready on time.

“And the 3rd winner is…Rachelle Wong from Penabur International!”

I was shocked. Stunned. I couldn’t believe, after all the hard work, all the long hours of practicing and skipping lessons in school, I won. It took me a while to get up on stage to receive the trophy and certificate, because of the phase of shockness I had. Once I did, the presenter called in the second winner. A sudden thought and feeling occured in mind. Joanna’s got it. She’s gonna win second.

“The 2nd winner, also from Penabur International is Joanna Shaddai!”

As soon as both of us received the trophy and certificate, we literally squeeled together, on stage, very proud of what we have achieved. I felt like Joanna and I have made our school proud, our English teacher Ms. Zenn proud, our parents proud, and most of all, ourselves proud. The support we had from everyone was overwhelming, and although none of us won the first prize, it was an awesome experience I hope I’ll be able to cherish for the rest of my life.

(Rachele Wong, 9 Business)My heart was beating so fast. Joanna and I were extremely curious and nervous at the same time. They were about to announce the 3 winners for the junior high (SMP) level. We were in an unfamiliar environment, in another school called PSKD Mandiri, taking part in a story-telling competition against schools like St. Theresia, PSKD Mandiri, etc. It was obvious Joanna and I, from Penabur International Tanjung Duren SMPK 8, in the class of 9 Business, were totally panicked. The theme for the competitions held in the quaint, yet warm school of PSKD Mandiri was “Rise Up, Live Today and Seize Tomorrow”. It was a totally different type of theme since, this time, we had to make up our own story to fit the theme. It was pretty interesting, because we pretty much only had 2 days to really practice for the competition, since we were asked to join the competition on Monday, the 21st of October, while the competition was on the 24th. This meant we had to prepare and finish the story by Tuesday, which we did. From this, we spent as much time as possible to perfect the story and to practice the story. It was pretty astonishing that we had so much to think about and do in such a short time frame, but we managed to get everything done and ready on time. “And the 3rd winner is…Rachelle Wong from Penabur International!” I was shocked. Stunned. I couldn’t believe, after all the hard work, all the long hours of practicing and skipping lessons in school, I won. It took me a while to get up on stage to receive the trophy and certificate, because of the phase of shockness I had. Once I did, the presenter called in the second winner. A sudden thought and feeling occured in mind. Joanna’s got it. She’s gonna win second. “The 2nd winner, also from Penabur International is Joanna Shaddai!” As soon as both of us received the trophy and certificate, we literally squeeled together, on stage, very proud of what we have achieved. I felt like Joanna and I have made our school proud, our English teacher Ms. Zenn proud, our parents proud, and most of all, ourselves proud. The support we had from everyone was overwhelming, and although none of us won the first prize, it was an awesome experience I hope I’ll be able to cherish for the rest of my life. (Rachele Wong, 9 Business)