Saturday, March 08, 2008

What I Learned in "School" Today

So, I pried my eyes open at 5:45 a.m! this morning so I could get on the road by 6:45 for a forensics tournament in Portage. I love forensics tournaments; it's what I miss the most about teaching, even the "crack of dawn" schedules, driving in blinding snow storms, fattening tournament food and 15 hour days.
Forensics isn't about dead people. We don't compete to see who can do the best autopsy. It's a competitive speech activity more like drama or public speaking. 12 events: poetry, prose, drama, storytelling, duo (scenes), multiples (mini "plays"-sort of) extemporaneous, impromptu, sales, informative, sales, and oratory. The kids are AMAZINGLY TALENTED!
My first round was Sales. Hooray! I love Sales so it was a great start to the day. I heard some great pitches for Oust, Coppertone, Whole Foods, Glad Forceflex Bags, and the best one of all Sigg water bottles. The cute little bottles are pictures here. There are dozens and dozens of designs and you choose your cap.
We all know that plastic water bottles are a problem. I just read a Q/A about reusing the bottle after you finish the water and it's not recommended. Bacteria builds up in them; you could get sick. We also know that "spring water" is the same tap water we get from our aquifers. We also know that not many plastic bottles are recycled (only 14 %) and 30 million bottles end up in land fills. It takes more than a 1000 years for them to biodegrade. For those of you Nalgene fans consider the following; the Sigg is made from a seamless aluminum liner that is effective against leaching and combats residue buildup. It's rugged and crack resistant with no weak points. (So Kudos to the young lady who gave me all this great information. I'd tell you who she is but I don't know. Students are given codes to mask the school they are from so there's no bias). She sold me!
So check it out on and NO, I don't own stock.


Bridgette Redman said...

Is "Sales" a new category? I don't remember that one from 22 years ago.

Jeanie said...

I hate that thing about plastic water bottles and not reusing them. But I still do!

Jane Falion said...

I'm not sure when Sales became a category but it's been around at least 15 years. It's a blast though! Not only do contestants "sell" a product in a speech they bring all kinds of visuals both 3-D and boards of information and almost all of them look like they could be used to pitch a product to an elite group of business people.