Yawns and claps filled the early morning air of our hollowed out empty school as Lauren, Lindsay, and I presented our model to various judges who saw us compete not to long ago. You could say we were in future cities boot camp because we won the first round and were preparing for the second in front of judges we presented in front of before. There I was wasting my sweet Saturday ironically at school. There were so many other things that I could be doing at nine am in the morning, like oh I don’t know SLEEPING!!!! Here’s the insight, future cities is a club where you have to develop a future city, where all of today’s problems are gone and fixed, and new technologies would be developed. Truth be told when I joined I didn’t think we would make it anywhere especially win in our region and still I didn’t think I did anything spectacular. Also to be honest I didn’t put all of the effort that I could have put into the project. Then I had the realization in that early morning air that all of the judges that gathered in our small math room really believed in me and what I was doing. They did come in on their Saturday morning when they could have been doing a hundred different things. They were spending their free time to try and help me succeed. When it came time to compete at Washington D.C., I truly did appreciate their investment and I still do. It was in that moment that I realized I had a chance of doing well in this competition.
Their we were, we and just arrived in hectic Washington D.C. We had a long awaited week ahead of us. We walked into the hotel filled with dozens of other teams trying to get set up so they could go off and explore. Whispered voices filled the air as we tried talking to Mrs. Liles to see what the day held for us. We could...