Today was the choir awards ceremony. I sat by Chandler, Pauline, Guillaume, and Ashley. As per tradition, all the choirs got really cool pins that said 'chorus' with little blue stars on them. Then, Mr. Harney gave the juniors and seniors their letters (well, those who needed them) and he played a video of all the best moments in choir. We honoured all the staff for all their hard work, and then Mr. Harney gave out the awards. There were about 5 awards for each individual choir, and then there were the awards that spanned all four choirs. They were awarded as so:
Top Female Freshman Vocalist: me
Top Male Freshman Vocalist: Daniel
Top Female Sophomore Vocalist: Cassandra
Top Male Sophomore Vocalist: Jonathan
Top Female Junior Vocalist: Emma
Top Male Junior Vocalist: Tyler
Top Female Senior Vocalist: Andrea
Top Male Senior Vocalist: Nathaniel
Director's Award: Andrea
Nathaniel got like 5 other awards cos he's in all the choirs he can be, and Samskey was awarded Most Dedicated Madrigal. They absolutely deserve it all. Then, after all the awards had been handed out, Parker sang the incredibly catchy graduation song that he wrote. It's adorable and I really hope he puts it on iTunes.
Then, Mr. Harney gave us time to say a few words to the seniors. Many people went up and everyone said so many nice things that I had an inexplicable need to get up and express my gratitude for all my dear, dear friends.
So that's what I did.
And oh my gosh, I'm still not sure what exactly happened. I started to talk and explained how I've done choir for most of my life but I've never really connected with the people in it because I'm so anti-social. But the second I started to talk about how this year I finally did, thanks to all the seniors, a wave of emotion flooded my entire being. I burst into tears while thanking all of my friends-Samskey, Nathaniel, Issak, Andrea, Tyler, Ashley, and everyone really-for their profound influence on me. I was unable to fathom how much I love and adore these people. I could barely talk through my sobs, when someone shouted, "Somebody give that girl a hug!" and I found myself enveloped in a giant hug from all of my friends.
I lost it right then.
These beautiful, amazing people have helped me survive throughout the year and I owe so much to them. They are the reason I love choir as much as I do because they're not just amazing singers, they're outstanding life coaches as well and their wisdom never ceases to astound me. They have changed my life for the better and I cannot thank them enough. I love them all deeply and passionately with every fiber of my being. I look up to them with the highest of respect. They have some of the strongest souls I have ever seen and I am sure that they were put here in this day and age to be beacons of light and goodness in this world full of darkness and despair. They are my role models and I wish them everything good this world has to offer. I will miss them so much and I honestly don't know what I'm going to do without them. Joining this choir has been the best thing that has ever happened to me and I love each and every person in it with every bit of my heart and soul.