Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Foos-ball Championships

On Saturday, February 23, 2012, I went to my friends' school. Their school had a fundraiser and my friends' parents wanted to go eat at the party at their school. We were dropped off at the school's extended care room. There, my friends Jack and Samantha showed me around. There was a foos-ball table and a lot of people were crowding around it. Four people were playing the intense game. Two people were trying to defend the ball from getting into the goal but the others were attacking fiercely, spinning the handles that connected to the little fake people on the board. It was a game that made everybody sweat, wondering who would win. The score was nine to nine. Whoever got the ball in the opposing teams goal would win the tournament. At last there was a finishing kick and the ball zoomed into the goal shooting out the other side landing on the floor.

At last it was Jack's and my turn. Samantha was the referee and we were competing against two other people. They were Blake and Shavia. We were fighting with all our might and at last, the ball went in to their goal. One point for us, none for them. Then they went all out. The ball evaded my defenses and Jack couldn't hit the ball in time and it tumbled into the goal. This happened continuously until the score was nine to nine. We fought and beat the ball closer and closer to their goal but they beat it back. At last the ball managed to get past them and it got closer, and closer, then closer, then bonk! It landed in their goal. We won the championships!

Jack and I were filled with joy and we danced around. I was rewarded a paper crown and a virtual cupcake and Jack got the same thing. Then Samantha announced us the best foos-ball players of the foos-ball season. I had lots of fun and hope to go again next year!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

USA Open Piano Competition

On Wednesday, 2/13/13,  I competed in the USA Open Piano Competition. It was very fun. I got to select from a variety of pieces and each had their own little recital. Then, the judges would have to decide who the winner would be from people who played the same piece. The judges would go somewhere and talk about everybody's playing. They would choose who would be in 4th, 3rd, 2nd, or 1st place. Each recital is code named with a section, and for some reason, a precious rock. I played in the recitals, Treasury of Romantic-Sapphire, Treasury of Baroque-Ruby, and Open Solo-Junior Pearl.

I like the Treasury of Romantic best. The songs have dynamics that change often making the music cheerful or sad. I played A Little Neapolitan Song by Tchaikovsky. It is a cheerful song with a mellow tune at the beginning and a fast and exciting tune near the end. The ending notes are grand and loud. This is one of my most favorite pieces by Tchaikovsky. 

Everyone was nervous. Some tried to calm down by playing games and a few were looking around bored and glum. As the judges walked in the door, everybody went silent. As the judges announced the winners, I was shaking in fear, scared that I would not get a place. Then they announced my number, my name, then what place I came in. I got 3rd place! I stood up with a big smile on my face. I bowed. I was very proud of myself, but I will work harder, to get a better place next time.