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A Deficit of Respect

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Showing: Slowly, I browsed through the editorial page of the newspaper. The freshness of the ink and paper began to permeate my nostrils as I let my eyes wander over the lines that initially caught my attention. I felt a bit of agitation from inside me as I quietly read the sharp contrast of the quotes between the Republican and Democratic parties. The Republican reaction appealed more to my logic. They seemed to be created from impartial reasoning fused with tact and conciseness. In contrast, the Democratic reaction felt as if they were aimed at me personally. That is how offensive they sounded.
Leads and Conclusions: The Most Memorable Experience of My Life
Original: It was time for the announcement of results. The administrator began announcing the results. Results were being announced in the order of seniority. So my turn was after the announcement of results for the fifth and the fourth grade. It did not take the administration long to announce the result
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of the senior batches, and it was the turn of third grade. Suddenly, I heard my name. The administrator had requested me to come up to the stage. The speaker had a trophy with a green ribbon on it in his hand. I was stunned and tottered up to the stage in huge amazement. Oh! It was really for me. I had the time of my life. The silver shine gleamed in the sunlight and was a reflection of my joy. I had stood third. I had a green trophy in my hand. It was the first trophy of my academic career and opened the doors for many more to follow.
First conclusion: It was time for the announcement of results. The results were announced in order of seniority. The third grade’s turn came after the announcement of results for the fifth and fourth grade. I know I did not stand a chance for my coveted award. I had been sick for the better part of the school year and my grades suffered a lot. I looked at my parents and saw in my mom’s eyes a look of understanding. She smiled at me like telling me it is just fine. I felt a mixture of relief and sadness. Relief because I know my parents understood. Sadness because I had worked hard for the first part of the year only to be brought down by pneumonia. I heard my classmates’ names being announced. All the trophies were handed out to deserving students. I went home with nothing in my hands.
Second conclusion: It was time for the announcement of results. The third grade’s turn came after the announcement of results for the fifth and fourth grade. I felt I did not stand a chance for my coveted award. I had been sick for the better part of the school year. I looked around and felt amused by the knowing looks from my teachers and parents. The smiles on their faces made me feel there is something they know that I do not. I shrugged it off because I do not want to feel more sadness in thinking I barely have the chance to get even the third place. Suddenly, my name was called and I was being asked to come up to the stage. I almost could not believe that I got first place. I know I strived hard to make up for my lost time in school. But I never had the idea that I would be at the top of my class. It was my first award and the start of many more to come.