Ted, this is a very well spoken essay, and clearly a very well written one too. You really go in depth about the journey you went on during your 8th grade year. Well done!
I like this. Good detail. I'd have to say that my favorite part is the photos, where it is clear that your put extensive efforts. One of the key points in your video that stuck out to me was that you were reflecting on one year, while most people are reflecting on their entire experiences. Great job!
That opening quote was superbly read, it reminded me of the radio bulletin for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I loved your writing almost as much as I loved your reading! Your ending was the only thing I had a problem with, your voice over work was fine there but the music didn't resolve itself, its a small thing I know and I am also aware that I myself am guilty of it, its just something to keep in mind. Best of luck at Middlesex next year, this a sweet note to end your career on!
You did such a great job with this. I like the music in the background of the video. You did a good job talking about you journey at Fenn. I wish you the best of luck at Middlesex!
I liked how you recited your essay and the video that you accompanied with it. I also think that I would've not been able to imagine getting to the top 3 in gaga ball 3 years ago.
I love the open: good quote followed be an excellent stating of the theme. You have a true old style BBC voice. I like the weaving in of the video with imagery. I love the ironic twists (like the rope swing statement). It adds a nice twist to the script. The theme of perseverance and hard work is developed nicely—even football, but especially Geometry, and the theme of fitting in was expressed with humor and self-deprecation.
It is a nice touch too to weave family experience with forming friendships. This is surely one of the most focused and pithily expressed videos, and it works on a number of levels. It captures the iconoclastic you in a unique and compelling way. Thanks for the year and good luck in your future endeavors—and may you have a really “dull” English class:)