The Shelbyville Central High School Interact club recently went to Gatlinburg for a conference with other clubs from District 6780. The conference was a big success. There were some amazing guest speakers and a lot of information was learned over the weekend.
On Friday night, all of the clubs went to the Dixie Stampede, where we were served dinner and watched a live show. It was a very entertaining experience and a whole lot of fun. You eat all of your food with your hands and see America in different times.
"The Dixie Stampede was so cool all of the people were acting, singing, and dancing. I enjoyed it so much," said Akelah Rowe. Later that night, the kids all went back to the hotel where all of the clubs were staying and had a talent show. Central competed in the small, medium, and large categories. "I loved doing the dance at the talent show. It was so awesome to hear everyone cheering and clapping for us," said Faith Garrett.
Although all the acts were good, the medium category was the only one that Central placed. Alix Harwell, Dallas Oliver, Diamondie Wilson, Hannah West, and Heather Groves won second place with their sign language act.
Saturday the clubs all listened to speakers who talked about the things that are going on around the world involving Interact and Rotary. There was Kim Kim who talked about ShelterBox, a disaster relief effort. The box contains enough supplies, including a tent, for ten people and is dropped in an area needing relief. There were also speakers who told us about the Piggery Project, which raised money to help start a piggery in Uganda. While at the conference each club raised money to help with the project.
After all of the guest speakers, the clubs had Saturday afternoon to have free time. Saturday night all of the clubs gathered together to have a banquet dinner, where we listened to more fascinating guest speakers. Later that night the spirit stick was awarded to the club that had the most spirit and Shelbyville Central High School was awarded with the honor. After the banquet there was a dance for the clubs to get together and have a fun time. "The dance was so fun. I was dancing the whole time, and I met so many new people," said Claire Sanders. Sunday morning we all gathered together one last time for all of the awards for the weekend. "The conference was so much fun. I cannot wait to go back next year!" stated Danielle Thompson.
--Payne Long is a senior at Shelbyville Central High School.