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A new job with new adventures

So, this is the "real world" everyone has been telling me about for the past four years. From what I’ve seen so far, I’d say it’s not so bad. But hey — I’m still new.
My induction into the "real world" was a month ago when I graduated from the University of North Texas with my Bachelor’s in Journalism in photojournalism. After graduation, I took a brief sabbatical by enjoying the holidays and reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

Unfortunately those aren’t daily "real world" activities, so here I am.

When I walked into Dorie Miller for my first assignment covering the Ennis RSPA retirement seminar, a woman at the check-in desk said I looked a little too young to retire, I then admitted I was at the opposite end of the spectrum — I was just starting my career, and I can’t think of a better environment than the EDN to begin it either.

In the two short weeks I’ve been at the EDN, I’ve already met some incredible people within the community, and some of the most inspirational ones are still in elementary school.

The Moving Beyond the Dream 2010 Youth Oratorical and Speaking Contest is an example of where I was able to meet these exceptional individuals, as well as hear their voices.

One by one, the young speakers made the long walk to the podium, most of the students had to be reminded to use the microphone in front of them, and then all eyes would be on them. My heart went out to those who showed residual signs of nervousness. But once the nerves calmed, and they got into the rhythm, the poems they recited were nothing short of beautiful.

Standing Tall by Jamie McKenzie was one of these poems. It was recited by a few students, but when it was told the first time, a hush spread through the audience, especially when the young lady recited lines from the poem such as "When some spit out hate/He stood there smiling/Spreading love/Until it rolled like the sea across the land."

I couldn’t help but to be touched by this. Here is an elementary student who understands Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message, and his mission to peacefully achieve equality and grant civil rights for all, but somehow there are adults who still fail to grasp the idea.

It gives me hope for the future, because I know that there are thousands of young kids just like the young lady who recited this poem, who also understand MLK’s dream. With that understanding, they are keeping the dream alive, and they will continue to keep it alive through the upcoming generations.

It’s events such as these that shape Ennis’ character, and it’s events such as these that I hope to cover on a daily basis. Not that I expect there to be a speaking contest every day about a great leader in history — what I mean is the instances where am able to be a part of an experience that I might not have been if I weren’t in journalism, or moreover, if I weren’t in Ennis. With that, I look forward to meeting new faces, and catching up with familiar ones.

Corrie DiManno is a staff writer for the Ennis Daily News and covers community news. She can be reached at corrie@ennisdailynews.com.

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