Biblography

Surprisingly enough, there were actually a lot more articles and information about Dana than I expected. I really benefited from all of  them with additional dhepinformation that I had during my learning centre, with my speech, and with my blog posts. I also watched some short videos on YouTube about Dana. One has an english translation and the other one is in Arabic which I got my mom to help translate the parts that I did not understand. Nonetheless, here are all the sources I used for my information during this year’s eminent person study.

Information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Hussain

–  just general information about Dana

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1819129_1819134_1826062,00.html

– this article talks about some adversity she went through and few accomplishments

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/d/dana_hussein.html

– here are some quotes I was looking at to help me get a better understanding of the type person Dana was

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/sports/olympics/29araton.html?fta=y&_r=0

– this article talks about when Dana was again allowed to participate in the Olympic games after Iraq was disqualified due to political reasons

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/olympics-iraqi-sprinter-dana-hussein-324380

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90081909

– these two articles talk about the obstacles she goes through on her training ground

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b36hnYCBtA

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KvJJWiZw4Y

– both videos are about her love for running and a little bit about she does

– also talk about her personal life and little bit about her

Pictures:

http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2008/100_olympics/dana_hussein.jpg

http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Olympics+Day+7+Athletics+x4Yv4ZyPW0_l.jpg

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/section/learning/teacher/snapshot/20080730.jpg

– just simple pictures I used in my blog posts

Interview

Ok so finding an interview is by far the hardest part of the project … I tried and tried and I could barely even find a contact! I guess I should expect that since Dana is from Iraq and trying to contact people from there probably won’t work. Nonetheless, I tried to go to all those Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 1.01.32 PMreferences pages on Wikipedia and I still found nothing! I was searching all over the internet for something … anything just to help me complete this part of the assignment. I did try and tweet one guy, Eric Westervelt, who wrote an article about Dana in Iraq. However, the only contact information was his twitter account so it is not like he is going to see it anytime soon! As for the other articles, when I went to go see who wrote the article, there would be just a name and no contact information. Weird right? Anyways, so I kept trying Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 1.03.12 PMto find contacts but my luck was not getting any better. Therefore, I sadly came to the conclusion that I did not come out with an interview this year :( Which I was really upset about because I was so successful last year. The fact that I couldn’t even find only one person to contact was also a very frustrating process! I suppose considering the fact that there are no biographies, books, or any type of social media accounts on Dana makes it that much harder … but I tried and I guess that is all I could have done!

history from computer

history from computer

more history

more history

The Night of Dana

Wow … So that’s it! Eminent is over! Although I am very happy that it is all over, a part of me also feels really empty that it’s all over. In fact, Waleed and I were talking the other day and we were saying how it almost feels weird not turning around to each other and starting the

After the speeches

After the speeches

sentence with “so for eminent.” Nonetheless, it was probably one of the best nights of my life! Although we were all so nervous and scared in the way of excitement, I would say that the night was an absolute success. Everyone killed it out there and I honestly could not be more proud of all the tens. All the work and long nights finally paid off in the time frame of about 2 mins on stage … But let me tell you, was it ever worth it! The feeling after was indescribable. The feeling of joy, relief, and accomplishment was shining through all the big smiles on our faces :) Moreover, Night of the Notables, December 3rd was a day that I will never forget!

On stage

On stage

On a more technical note, I thought that I personally had the performance of my life. Probably one of the best speeches I have ever performed and I’m very proud of what I accomplished that night. I know for me, being the last of everyone, I was freaking out backstage. Just trying to think of all the work I put into this project all for this one moment. Now although I was nervous, once I hit the stage all those nerves began to sink and my confidence began to rise. I thought I performed with confidence, passion, and energy (just like Dana would). I also thought that I had a very clear and loud voice that was very effective in the message I was trying to get across. My goal was to make everyone feel like they could go out there and do anything they wanted to after listening to my speech, and I think I accomplished that goal successfully. I think what helped me achieve my goal was that reading about Dana really made me realize that when I may think I can’t, there are always people out there who are going through worse and they still can. It made me a lot more passionate about the things I do and that passion and energy really helped me show that side of her on stage.

During my learning centre

During my learning centre

Once the speeches were done, the learning centres begun. I am not going to lie, those things tired me right out. Although it was very fun telling everyone all the amazing things you learned about your person, that part of the night was definitely a drag! Nonetheless, I personally thought that my learning centre was a success. Although there weren’t that many components to it, I thought that I had a lot of information about Dana already, that I could just talk … which I think seemed to work. I thought I received a lot of action from parents, teachers, and students which was awesome because it felt good telling everyone everything you learned. I also enjoyed checking out everyone’s learning centre towards the end of the night … they were all so fascinating and interesting in everyone’s own and unique way.

 

 

To conclude, as I have stated previously, the Night of the Notables was indeed a success. Being a grade 10 and having to go through the whole process of writing speech after speech, draft after draft, and constantly editing and trying to make the speech the best it can be definitely all pays off in the end. I think that in grade 10, we really start to understand what eminent is and I really believe because of that extra understanding, our speeches are that much more powerful. I truly enjoyed this experience and I regret nothing about it! Thank you everyone who made this night possible, it definitely was one to remember.

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