My name is Michael Green and I am a sophomore attending Frank W. Ballou High School. I am a little different from most people in DC because I’m not from here. I was born in DC but I was raised in El Paso, Texas from age 4, which is when I first arrived, all the way until I was 12 years old. The schools in Texas were formatted to advance kids along a little faster but I only made it to the 6th grade. At 12 years old as a 6th grader I moved to Kansas. That’s where I learned about being technologically savvy. After I finished the 6th grade and half the 7th, I moved to Maryland. In Maryland it made me smarter and just a better person, as far as bonding with other people. I finished the 7th and 8th grade, and then moved back to Washington, DC. Currently I have attended two years at Ballou and it has given me a sense of self-discipline. I enjoy reading, writing stories of all kinds, such as fantasy and science fiction books. Along with such, I make poetry, study a lot, debate, draw, and help people. Being in various places has helped me understand many types of people and my desire is to help them and makes me want to be a therapist or psychologist.
This year I have joined Ballou’s Hospitality Academy. My teacher, Ms. Lee, was explaining how the academy could help us get many great opportunities to help us move forward in life, such as a trip to New York, Georgia, the Bahamas and “Japan.” The Bahamas did sound nice. But as soon as she said Japan I had to go. This would be great for me. Never would I have thought something like this could happen to me. So I asked her about it. She, Mr. Hobbs, and Mr. Brown from the Academy informed me about who to email, what papers I had to write, and such, and then brought me to the Interview. It was the first time I second-guessed everything. What if I wasn’t ready? What if this is a bad idea? What if I don’t get accepted? Should I expect getting chosen anyway? All kind of doubts ran through my head. But I wouldn’t back out, not for something as big as this. My pride carried my feet and my voice through the whole meeting. And after I didn’t know what to expect. Curious, wondering for days if it was me. I got an email. And never have I smiled so much or felt so high. My pride, eager and joy shot through the roof. And with that, followed my doubt and worry. It made me nervous. And the only thing that I could think of and still think to this day is: “This is the biggest step I will ever take.”
Ballou Senior High School