I've written a speech in an attempt to win a free trip to New York. One of my speech and debate coaches, Brett, approached me about the competition a couple weeks ago. I'm only competing against about a dozen other students, all from within my county. The topic of the speech is how the UN is having a positive affect on today's youth. If I get first place then I get an all-expense-paid trip to New York. Plane tickets, hotel room, food-- everything. I have to present this speech on December 1st. This would be a wonderful opportunity due to the fact that I want to go to New York Film Academy. Wish me luck :)
I've tried to post this blog a gazillion times, I'm tired of it, so I'm just going to post some pictures instead.

Tomorrow after school I'm leaving for Washington D.C. I'll be taking a night flight with my grandmother, and we'll be there until next Monday. I'm looking forward to the culture of the art museums and hunting the Smithsonian for the meteor my some-great-grandparents donated. On Saturday, my best friend of nine years, who moved to New York last February, will be taking the four hour trip to our hotel on the border of Virginia to stay with us for a night. I haven't seen her in a really long time, and I'm so excited :) It's going to be a fantastic week, and I'll update my blog everyday I'm there. Can't wait to get into Portland :)