Friday, May 18, 2018

Q4 Bowling Blog Reflection

Within the bowling organization, there has been so much growth over the past couple of years which is extremely exciting! Since my time as being bowling representative is coming to an end, I only wish the best for the other members for the years to come. I plan on returning to future practices in order to help support the future bowling members in to shaping them in to their best selves. I plan on offering my assistance and giving any tips on bowling that they may need in order to help them improve upon their bowling skills. I also will help them to become their best selves by telling them that they should never give up. This is one strong important lesson that I believe everyone on the bowling team should learn. Although bowling is not the easiest sport, members should never say never. Everytime they feel discouraged I want them to know that they should take their failure as a sense of encouragement to strive to become better. I would also love to see the bowling team pair up with our community partner more than twice a year! As a representative, I wish I was able to have more members participate in community service because we want to make connections with our community. I plan on working with the upcoming bowling representative in order to create more time for community partnership. This is important not only because we would be connecting with our community but also because it is beneficial to everyone's future story. I am hoping that next year there will be more community service projects and more reaching out to our community. Next year as alumni, I am hoping to see the bowling team make it to state! This has been my goal for the past 6 years and although we were not fortunate enough to make it to state as a team, I know the future generations can do it! I also hope to see more team bonding and relationships in order to have a more connected organization. I am going to speak with the upcoming representative and explain to her my goals for next year's bowling season as well as her goals so she can build a successful future for the team. This is obtainable by supporting one another and pushing each other towards success. As a team we should celebrate and support one another and encourage each other because anything is possible. I believe that every single bowler old or new, can accomplish anything they set their mind to as long as they have a growth mindset and this idea is possible with the help of the team.

Furthermore, Communication is extremely important. This is where we communicate about bowling matches and when they are happening, where we celebrate our success, and where we connect with our community to show them the story of our team. I have used the Thomas Nelson High School bowling facebook page as a hub for our team. I have took many pictures to help show our story and how we created all of the things we have thus far. I am hoping for the upcoming representative to build off of what I have started and expand more in the social media world. We can create a twitter, an instagram, just about anything you would like to just as long as we are reaching out to our community. Something that I would be asking that I am not is how could I make more people understand that bowling is not just a "lame" sport. This is a misconception that the bowling team has struggled with ever since the team was first introduced. I want people to understand that our team is more than just a team, it is a place where you are welcomed to be yourself. It is a place where we learn to grow together not only within bowling skills but also you as an individual. It is a place where you will meet so many amazing people that you will begin to grow close to. I am hoping that the upcoming representative can become more successful at this task than I was because I feel as if this is an extremely important point that I never really brought up. Another thing that I wish I had done was use the blog more often. The blog should be another communication hub and I had not done as well of a job at it as I should. I am hoping that next year the representative can utilize the blog more and make the blog have more value to our community. Next year the small groups will be extremely important when the upcoming representative needs any help. The members will encourage each other and be her support system if she needs any help with anything.

Something that I have been most proud of during this bowling season is how close our team has become. I love all of the positive energy and motivation we give to one another. We have developed some chants which have also helped us win more matches because we were cheering each other on! One thing that I hope the new representative will be able to focus more energy around is getting more people to bond even after the bowling season is over. Also, having our alumni come back and cheer on the new bowlers because I feel as if this is great support and shows the community that once you're a part of our bowling team we will always be one family. Another thing that I have been proud of is how much the support for our bowling teams has grown! We have been having more people come to our matches and tournaments which is extremely important since many people do not really understand how bowling actually works. The more the support our teams have the better each bowler will perform!

My time as being the bowling representative has been amazing and I would never take back any of it. The bowling team has been an important part of my life for the past 6 years and I am sad to be leaving all of this behind, but I know that the team will be left in good hands. I am proud of all of the bowling members and the things we have accomplished this year. We had more success this season than any other season and I am excited to see all of the accomplishments and success that Karli Fields will bring to the team. Thank you bowling members for allowing me to have the opportunity to be a part of something more than myself.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Quarter 3 flycloser reflection

During Quarter 3, I have been a Purple cow leader by working through many different projects. It is important that we CARE for others by helping to shape them into their best selves. As being the bowling representative I have done many things this quarter to show members of the bowling team that I CARE about the work I put into our organization. I have helped organize our senior night in order to make it one to remember. I wanted to be able to show the seniors how within our organization we share a close bond and are always there for each other, even after graduation! I have also helped plan for our bowling banquet which is a time for all of the members to come together and celebrate. I organized the potluck dinner, and have spoke with the bowling sponsor in order to figure out who the next purple cow leader will be for next school year. Planning for the banquet is significant because I want to ensure that I am creating a place where we celebrate each other and  all of our accomplishments. I am excited to see what the next representative will bring to the bowling team. I have been watching to see who has the determination and qualities of a Purple cow leader. Although I am the organization leader for bowling, I am also the SOC chief financial officer where I take on many other projects. Some of the projects I have taken on as being an officer is I have been attending the collaboration with NCHS. This is a big project for both TNHS and NCHS to take on. Within the student leaders from both schools, we are preparing for a new tradition known as "Spring Fest." The idea behind this project is to knock down the idea that both schools are "enemies" and show how although we are two schools, we can still work together and CARE for our community. Another big project I helped plan for was Winter formal. Winter formal required a lot of time and dedication. My roles within this project were planning, set up/clean up, ticket sales, and working with Mrs.Downing to order essentials for winter formal. Winter formal is one of the SOC's biggest fundraisers. This is where we earn the money for next years SOC to have room to grow and reach out to our community.

Making connections within our community is very important when it comes to keeping a close bond with our community members. SOC has taught each member that being involved with the community helps to show them what each organization is really about. It teaches them the story of how we came to be. SOC has given me the opportunity to connect with others by leading a genius bar. By leading the genius bar I was able to share my knowledge about finances and help them with any questions they had about finances. This was significant because by having the student teaches student concept it makes learning more interesting because we are teaching each other. Some other ways that I have connected with others is by being active on our social media page. Our facebook page helps us stay connected with the community because it is a place I can share the bowling teams successes. For example, when junior, Nicole Reed, went to the KHSAA state tournament this year I made sure to post it on our facebook page so the community can help us celebrate what she has done! Since social media usage is on a rise, it is important to be active within these social networking sites because it helps people stay updated with the things we have done within our organization. The communication that I have demonstrated within our organization connects to our mission because what we wanted to accomplish is to tell our story. We want to show the community the steps we have been taking in order to become a successful and connected team. Some things that I should be asking is how can I reach out to our community members and how can I make them become more involved within our team. I want to be able to create relationships with our community members and one way that I can tackle this is by connecting with other SOC members and see the things they do in order to connect with out community!

Our bowling team is working on creating new traditions so we can carry them on to future bowlers. This year we have volunteered at the humane society which is significant because this is the first year we have been involved with our community. By creating this new tradition it has taught the other bowling members what it truly means to volunteer for our community and come together to make a difference within our community. This is significant because I want each member to understand the importance of community service considering this is stressed here at Thomas Nelson. Within the SOC as a officer I have taken on many challenges to create new rituals and traditions. For example, I was in the planning committee for planning the winter formal. During this process we had to create an interesting theme, create props, and create an overall fun environment. We wanted to create a fun night for each student and we were very successful in this considering this year was the first time we have ran out of tickets! That was one big accomplishment for the SOC this year. By accomplishing this we have set the bar pretty high for future SOC members. Furthermore, throughout the bowling team we have created many new bonds. Before each bowling match all of the members come together and we listen to music and just hang out together to prepare each other for the match. I have found that this tradition was extremely significant because it calmed each bowler and I saw better performances because they were less stressed and more relaxed during the actual match. What I want to create for next seasons team is for the bowling team to have more outings together to create a bond even during the off season. One way I can accomplish this is by planning a day each month for the bowling team to come together and just enjoy each other. This is significant because I do not want the team to just be connected during the season, I want there to be a bond between each of us that carries on even throughout the off season!

All and all, I am extremely proud of all of the things the bowling team and SOC has accomplished during quarter 3. Throughout these accomplishments we will always have room to grow, in which I plan on seeing more growth throughout quarter 4!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Flycloser semester #2, SOC legacy building

CARE is an important aspect to have within each organization. During this past bowling season, we have had a tremendous amount of success. We have had junior, Nicole Reed, come in 2nd place in the KHSAA regional tournament and advance on to the state competition. Also, we had Nicole Reed and senior, Grace Calhoun, advance on to compete in the 2017-2018 All star team. What CARE has looked like within our team is everyone cheering on each other. For example, We had people from the team go and cheer on Nicole when she competed in the state competition. This is important to make sure that everyone on the team knows that we will always have each others back and be the support system that everyone needs. It is important to have a caring and supporting environment when you want to create a powerful and successful team.

Furthermore, within the SOC community, we show CARE with all of the hard work and dedication we put into completing a task. The way that I have shown CARE within SOC is by helping others with the projects they have. I know that it can be very stressful trying to put everything together by yourself so I want to be the support they need in order to accomplish the projects they have in mind. For example, I have been helping the group that has been in charge of planning winter formal because it is a major event that needs many people in order to create an awesome night. I ask questions and ask them what they have needed help with because it will help take some of the stress off of their shoulders. The less stress means the less things that they have to worry about. I feel as if my CARE has been beneficial to the SOC group because it shows others that they do not have to take on every task by themselves. Everyone needs help sometimes and it is important that they know that everyone in this group is always available to lend a helping hand.

Moreover, the CARE that I have shown within my organization will impact the community because it will influence others to reach out and help others. By being the person that everyone looks up to within the bowling team, it is important for me to lead by example. I want everyone on the team to come together and create the supportive environment and to show other schools how our support system is the reason as to why we succeed. Once everyone on the bowling team understands that CARE is an important aspect they will spread it out to our community and apply this to their everyday lives.

All and all, CARE is important when it comes to creating a close bond between your student organization. If you want to succeed you must be the person to start the change and reach out to others and help them succeed. By caring for others, tackling the notion of success will be an easy task.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Flycloser Semester 1 Reflection

As our Bowling season begins to get closer to regionals I keep asking myself, what am I doing to help my team members become their best selves? I want our team to achieve and move on to state this year and one way that we can all accomplish this is if my team members are not only committed to the team but also committed to their school work. Education always comes first before any extra curricular activities. I will personally check up on everyone and ask them if there is any way that I can help them achieve at school as well as with bowling.

Moreover, some of the questions that I should be asking as bowling representative that I am not is does everyone feel connected within our team. I am going to plan a day where the whole bowling team will just go out and have fun and build up the bond between everyone. I want each athlete to feel a connection with everyone on the team so nobody feels left out. Some things that we can do to create this bond is have a movie night or a night that we all go out to eat. I want to ensure that we are in a fun atmosphere so we can all create wonderful memories together. 

Furthermore, this week I have been putting together a great fundraising opportunity. I have been organizing a bowl a-thon which will be a pledge event. Each bowler will find 1-2 sponsors and they will pledge a certain amount of money to give to the bowling team depending upon how many pins the bowler knocks down. I feel as if this will be an amazing opportunity for our team because we would be raising money by doing something that all of us love. I also believe that we will get 100% participation within our bowling team because this will be a fun and exciting fundraiser.

All and all, one thing that I am most proud this semester within S.O.C is how involved that I have been within our organization. I have built so many new relationships and feel connected with all of the people within this class. Also, I am proud of my small group and how each of them have taken on so many different leadership opportunities. For example, my small group has been working on the ignite for January 12, 2018. We are all collaborating and combining all of our ideas together to create a fun environment so we can have a huge turn out for that basketball game!

Friday, December 1, 2017

FlyCloser Friday 12/1/17

Communication is important when it comes to connecting within our organization and our community. This week as bowling representative I have connected with our sponsor via email, to inform him about the upcoming service project, the angel tree. In order for our entire organization to be in the loop I am going to be having a conversation face to face, in order to ensure everyone knows about this wonderful opportunity. By communicating using email, social media, blogger, and even personal conversations, then we can have great connections within our organization and our community. On Wednesday during practice, I made sure to clearly communicate when everyone should arrive for our upcoming bowling match on December 2. I feel as if communication is essential to having a closer connected organization.

One question that I keep wondering about is, "What will our organization be like in the future?" This week I plan to collaborate with the lower classmen and future leaders within our organization and ask them what ideas they have for our team in the future. It is important to ensure everyone in involved within our organization because it is time for everyone to take responsibility and show the pride that they have for our team. Everyone's ideas are important to growing and becoming more connected as an organization and through the actions we take we can become a strong organization.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Flycloser Friday Reflection 11/17

Part of my role as being SOC Representative for Bowling, is to ensure that everyone is being shaped into their best selves. One way that I have done this is by watching for the leaders within our organization. I look for the people who are really committed, the people who show responsibility, as well as the people who have the potential of becoming the bowling representative next year. As a senior here at our school, I must ensure that the next person to be leader must take pride as the representative. I have been working alongside many people within our organization who would definitely be a great representative for our bowling team.
Another role that I take on as bowling representative is ensuring that we connect with our community partner, the Humane Society. The bowling team had a big turn out when we went to the humane society and learned the proper techniques on taking care of the animals. It was important that we had such a good turnout because it showed our community partner that we want to volunteer and help. We want to keep a strong connection and be sure that they know that we are excited to help them with any upcoming projects.
We have plans to connect with the human society once again and help them to write a newsletter. Our organization is honored with this opportunity. When this opportunity begins, I plan on having my entire organization attend to really make sure that we have close ties with our community partner.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

*Raffle Ticket fundraiser*

Hey guys!

As our Raffle ticket fundraiser comes closer to an end please be sure to sale as many raffle tickets as you can. This fundraiser is to help cover the expenses of the bowling alley and the tournaments we compete in. Once you sale your raffle tickets be sure to turn them into Coach Hamilton or Coach Cecil so you can receive more tickets to help cover all expenses! 

Thank you and Go Generals!