On Monday over 120 high school students from across Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas will convene at the Holiday Inn in Joplin for the Carver-Truman District Student Congress contest. The top students at the competition will advance to the national congress contest in Birmingham, Alabama in June.
Why should that bother me? The honest answer: I am scared to death because I am in charge of the competition. The former chair of the competition is no longer on the competitive circuit and I volunteered to organize the event. That was noble of me, right?
Well, noble or not, the task of the Student Congress competition is overwhelming. I have most of the work completed and I don’t think that I am forgetting about anything, but I have this knot in the pit of my stomach. I want the competition to go off without a hitch. Combine my new status as chairperson with a new location and I am on edge.
I know that if something goes wrong we will work it out, but the fear of the unknown is what gets me. I guess the best news in all of this: it will be over 48 hours from now.