The ACE Student Convention has always been something that I really enjoyed. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s basically a time when a bunch of schools who use the ACE curriculum get together and compete in different areas, including athletics, music, exhibits, academics, and platform. Every night a rally is held where speaker delivers a great sermon, and everybody takes some time to worship God. I competed at convention for four years, from when I was 13 to when I was 16, and it was always a great experience
This year, my great friend, Janane Doutrich, and I, having both graduated last year, offered/were asked to help with Convention. We worked in Master Control, which is basically the office area. It’s where all the coordinating happens, where the judges forms get processed and filed, and where the powerpoints for every evening’s rally are created.
My job was three-fold. I was in charge of handling Open Events, which are the events that anybody can enter and you don’t actually get a medal for (they’re basically just for fun), and I was also the “errand girl,” running messages all over the Convention, finding people, and helping take pictures for the highlights video on the final night. Finally, Janane and I worked with one of the sponsors to plan a fun activity during the pre-rally several nights.
I had no idea what to expect when I agreed to help with Convention, and I had no idea how much it would stretch me. I was forced to handle what felt like large amounts of responsibility, and interact with people I may never have interacted with otherwise, and although this experience was stressful, I enjoyed it a lot.
For me, this reinforces the belief that staying within one’s comfort zone may be easy, but it limits growth. I never would have made the friends I made this year if I’d only talked to the people that I knew, or only the people that were from my school. I never would’ve realized how much fun the people who ran the Convention were if I hadn’t worked with them so closely. I never would’ve know that I could plan games that people would enjoy watching or participating in if I hadn’t agreed to do so.
I think what I’m trying to say here is, try new things, try things that pull you out of your comfort zone, try things that challenge you. Those are the things that will change you, and those are the things that will help you find what you love to do, and show you what you are capable of.
So go, try new things, find what you love, push yourself. You never know what might come of it.
To finish off, here are some pictures of Convention, from 2013 to now.