Kaylee Ernest - Grade 9, Kettering Fairmont High School
The Sink Room
I play the flute. One day two years ago we had a playing test in band class. There was this one girl no one really liked, she was very sensitive. She considered herself friends with me, and to some, I was considered a confidante for her. This girl was not particularly good at the flute, but she never gave up on it. At band, she was extremely nervous for this test. So nervous in fact, that she hid under a table in the sink room. The band director was not able to get her out of from under there. Before this, I was just sitting in my place, keeping my eye on her, because she always got really nervous for these tests. When she escaped under the table, I immediately got up. I knew that people would make fun of me if I tried to coax her out of there, but at the moment, I didnâ€™t really care. I went right into that room and talked to her. I explained that she shouldnâ€™t be nervous, this was just a silly test, and she wouldnâ€™t fail. I promised to stay with her throughout her entire performance. Eventually, I got her to squirm out of there. Everyone applauded because I was the only person able to help her with her anxiety problems. She did well on her test. Ever since that day, I have been very good friends with her, we trust each other. I learned that no matter what others think, friends always come first. I learned that when Iâ€™m not thinking about myself and what others think of me, I am a good person and very helpful. My friend has gotten over her fear of playing in front of others, and now she plays the flute much better because she isnâ€™t so nervous. Nobody thinks bad of her. Many people look up to me and wish they could do what I did. The funny part is, at the time, I didnâ€™t even know I was doing good, I just didnâ€™t want her to embarrass herself.