I’m standing on the stairs, a tired smile stretched wide across my face as cameras flash and proud parents, teachers and alumni alike celebrate our successful projects. My feet are sore, my throat is hoarse, and a stray piece of tape is stuck to the pad of my thumb. Yet, I’m still standing, tired, but resilient. I revel in the accomplishment my classmates and I have achieved: our first successful Night of the Notables.

Over the weeks leading up to Eminent, I have felt many emotions. Exhaustion, anxiousness, nerves, and an overwhelming amount of stress, just to name a few. The result of all my sweat, tears, and determination was my learning centre. I’m very proud of myself for attracting a few stragglers despite having arguably one of the worst spots EVER. The big gold balloons that I had spelling out B, E, and Y for Bey (as in Beyoncé) did manage to snatch me some attention away from the guy who was performing some pretty amazing magic tricks at his centre right in front of my own. Even with all my centre’s shortcomings, I still presented my best to each and every person who came to it by making sure they all got a rundown of my journey through Eminent, and the reasons I’ve found that Beyoncé is an eminent person.

My goals for Eminent were to figure out what exactly makes Beyoncé one of the most renowned artists in the world. I wanted to dig deep into her past, present, and future, and come to my own conclusion of what exactly makes this woman such an enigmatic artist. Over the past two months, I do think that I have far exceeded my goal. I started this project not knowing anything about Beyoncé, and I was far from being a fan of her music. But during my extensive research and perusal of her works, I now admire this woman not just because of her music, but because of her message to the world and the people around her. The fact that I can say that I have become a member of the “BeyHive” and that I know have some idea of the inner workings of Beyoncé through my work on this project convinces me that I have met my goal.

In the future, I think I would start working on Eminent far in advance. Leading up to the final weeks of Eminent, there had been a nagging voice in the back of my head, telling me that if I wanted to produce my best work, I would have to start weeks in advance. I don’t regret anything I’ve done during the span of Eminent, but I do feel that my finished product would’ve been that much better if I had started earlier. Therefore I have made the vow that I will start working on Eminent during the lazy days of summer, so I can finish my last year of Eminent with a bang and the best work possible.

The things I’ll remember from Night of the Notables this year may be limited due to my terrible memory, but one thing that will always stick in my mind is the beauty and the power that was showcased during the grade 10s speeches. They were absolutely breathtaking, and kept my short attention span entranced the entire time they were performing. The learning centres were amazing as well, and it was great to see what people had taken away from their extensive research. It was really cool to meet alumni that had had experience with TALONS and parents that genuinely wanted to hear about your project. It was a very safe and positive environment. I could really appreciate all the work people had put into making sure Night of the Notables was a success.

I would like to thank my parents for helping me throughout the process, my mother specifically for buying most of my supplies the day before NotN itself. I would like to thank Mr. Morris for guiding us through Eminent and Ms. Mulder and Mr. Salisbury for putting up with all of our craziness leading up to the day. My classmates deserve special thanks for helping me throughout those weeks by providing me with some relatable memes to keep me sane. Lastly, I would like to thank myself for not giving up and moving to Alaska to escape the project and instead powering through to produce work I am extremely proud of.