Personal Narrative: Senior Pep Rally

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As I have progressed through my high school years, I have been extremely fortunate to have been exposed to and to have experienced multiple leadership roles within the organizations at my school. With that said, I have discovered that possessing a leadership position is more than just a role, but the qualities that support it. One recent event occurred when this year's cheerleading sponsor anointed the honor of directing this year's Senior Pep Rally to the Senior class
Officers. Under normal circumstances, we would have accepted and executed the plan with ease, but, considering the short notice was two weeks prior to the actual date and not a single Senior knew about it, we were forced to take immediate action. Unfortunately, due to
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In my life, I had never planned a pep rally, let alone a Senior Pep Rally, but I was not going to disappoint my class and skip a school tradition. Woodrow Wilson once said, "You are not here merely to make a living... You are here to enrich the world..." My high school may have been on a more miniature scale than the world, but I was going to inspire hope in the pep rally's success. Fortunately, I was quick at formulating a plan. By the end of that school day, I not only received permission to reserve the gym for practices, but created a schedule and system that worked for most the students. In addition, I plotted out a list of songs and the dances to go with them; finalizing them was up to the group. A valuable lesson I learned from this experience was that leaders need to construct the foundation for those who follow them; otherwise, chaos ensues and planning no longer becomes enjoyable for the rest involved.
Needless to say, most of the songs chosen were scrapped, however, they were replaced by ones that better fit the group and were still ones that everyone
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Eventually, though, I practically mastered the art of speech. No matter the situation, it always came to getting everyone to have the same ambition as myself and then knowing what to say to get them there. Roughly four days before the pep rally, a cheerleader caused a fight over one of the songs and the authority in deciding what was finalized. That was when I was faced with my third obstacle: correcting a problem without fabricating an enemy. Despite an outburst, I calmed her down and talked to her, explaining the situation we were in and the deadlines we had to meet. I also notified her on how everyone had a say in the final product; the power was not exclusively up to me or her, and that if she desired her input to be put into effect, she had to get everyone to agree. Thankfully, we smoothed out the issues between us, and continued preparing for performance. Finally, the day we were waiting for arrived. In roughly a week and a half, thirty-two teenagers not only executed a superb Senior Pep Rally, but, according to most audience feedback, a superior one to those of the preview four years. Despite the challenges that I confronted through the

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