The competition

Naomi - Sugar Land, Texas
Entered on February 27, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: golden rule
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“Places everyone!” my dance teacher yelled. We began to practice our dance. With only two weeks left until the big competition, we had much confidence in ourselves that we would win. There were four teams competing for this very high title as the best dance team in the state. The four teams were: the blue jays, the gators, the fox’s and the bears. We were the gators. We had as much confidence as we did because we had won many competitions against these three teams before. After an amazing practice that day, we all went home

One day as we walked to our dance studio after lunch, we saw members of the other three dance teams walk by. Right as we saw them, we started taunting them. “You’re going down!” “You’re all losers!” and “you suck!” are some of the rude comments that we shouted to them. My team mates and I laughed as they ignored our comments and walked away. We just knew that we were going to be the best dance team in the state and that we were unbeatable!

The day before the big competition rapidly arrived. Other teams practiced with their all. We did the same, but, with the nasty, cocky and rude attitude that we’ve had since the beginning. Whenever we saw members of the other dance teams that day, we started doing the same that we always did. We started taunting them. They acted the same way as they always did by ignoring us and walking away as if nothing happened.

The big day had finally arrived. All the teams including us were extremely nervous. All though we were nervous, we still had the same confidence that we had up until that day. We all scrambled into the auditorium and took our seats in our reserved seats in the front row. All of us girls had on our bright and shiny dance outfits with our hairs done beautifully and our bright make-up.

A little while later, the program was beginning to start. The announcer came up and he announced that the fox’s were up first. In our opinion, they performed well, but we believed that we were still better. Second to perform was us! I felt like my heart was going to pop out because it was beating so fast. I had butterflies on my stomach because of my nervousness. From the moment the lively music started, to the last sound that I heard, I danced with my all and the best that I could. When we finished performing, we thought that we were for sure the winners! “Next up, blue jays!” said the announcer. We felt that we did a whole lot better than they did. We felt the same about the bears, who performed after them. When the performances had finished, the judges needed time to come up with a winner to hold the very prestigious title as best dance group in the state. We laughed and talked because we knew for a fact that we would win unlike the other nervous teams that were praying and hoping.

When the judges came up with the winners, there were crossed fingers everywhere and I could feel the tension and nervousness in the air. “It was a very hard decision to make,” stated the judge. “But, we could only pick the best,” he continued. “Starting with third place, the blue jays!” he said as the team went up to receive their trophy. “Second place goes to, the gators!” We cheered and shouted as we went to receive our award. There was only one problem. We didn’t receive first place, so who did? “First place, THE FOXS!” A roar of applause was heard as they ran up exuberantly to receive their trophy and their title as best dance group of the entire state!

We were sad that we didn’t win. We congratulated the other teams and said sorry for all the taunting and rude things that we said and did to them. We learned an important lesson that day. We learned that no matter how good you can be at something, don’t ever get too confident about it. After that day, we never taunted anyone or repeated our mistakes. The one major lesson I learned that day though, is, what goes around can always, definitely, come around and that, I believe.