Elevated Grounds
_While performing at John Polyani Collegiate Institute, I felt that a lot of effort was required to rouse the audience. Even though our performance required a lot of flexibility and last- minute changes, we delivered the message as planned. During the talk-back session, the confusion and frustration of the staff were palpable. I believe that they were confronted by all of the issues that are usually ignored.

  Afterwards, I had several staff members approach me with personal stories and I saw that the message had moved them. Along with the exhilaration of performing I felt a great deal of pride that we as youth were taken seriously. The issues that we portray are very serious and often controversial. To stir up desire for personal and professional change is an honour, I'm sure the other members of Elevated Grounds would agree.

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