Through WCCUSD’s Ivy League Connection program, Hercules High School Students Justine Betschart, Stacy Chan, Ramiah Davis-Shephard, Louisa Man, Julia Maniquiz, and Yueming Wang will be attending Cornell University to either study Freedom and Justice or Hotel Operations Management during the summer of 2009.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lights, Camera, Action

The only plan I have for today is to work with my group on our Powerpoint presentation. My team and I are wrapping up the slideshow by paying extra attention to details and rectifying any possible errors that may arise. Many Hotelies are also joining us at the Robert Purcell computer lab, where other teams of four or five are also prepping for their presentations tomorrow.

I must say being selected into the Ivy League Connection program has allowed me to become more comfortable with speaking in front of a large crowd or in a public setting. Back in Hercules, I am only exposed to a limited amount of public speaking, but nothing compares with what ILC students have to do in front of the masses. This preparation has well-suited me over these past few months, and I strongly believe I will be more at ease as time goes by.

Tomorrow marks my first school day for the second week here at Cornell University. Ms. Kronenberg will soon join our class to observe the rigorous curriculum. I cannot wait!


  1. Stacy,

    I wish you well in your presentation. Will the PP Presentation have to stand alone or will there be oral commentary to go along with it?

    Think back over the past couple of months and ask yourself whether being asked to speak before a group of alums, at a city council meeting or maybe before a school board meeting with 500 people and TV cameras in attendance might have been some sort of training for what you're going through now.

    Everything as been a tool to help prepare you.

    Critical analysis and writing in the blogs--sounds like essay training to me.

    Working with groups full of new acquaintances and socializing amongst adults--sounds like preparations for leading a group to me.

    It also sounds like some of this has rubbed off and stuck to you.

  2. You did it! Now onto the other assignments. The one buring question for me is that no one in the Hotel Program has mentioned if my previous emails about the Hotel Industry were useful.

    Let me know.

    Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
    School Board Member
    West Contra Costa
    Unified School District