I still remember watching our coach tally the votes that the other seniors and I had cast for president of our high school speech and debate team over a decade ago. I don’t remember what the club president’s role involved, all I can recall is that I wanted to lead my team. I really wanted to lead my team.
My fingers were crossed under my desk. My backpack was limp by my side—the biggest assignment I had in those first days of school was to write and memorize the speech I wanted to compete with. I’d chosen (and really, this is probably no surprise to this online community) to compose a 10 minute speech about unsung heroes and their impact on our lives.