I am the first international student from Middleton to have it, I do not know about the whole Nova Scotia, but that is already an enormous happiness for me! You will understand what I am talking about...
So, the picture of the paper that you have just seen on top is one of the most important things that happened to me in Canada so far, but before I talk to you guys about it I would like to start introducing myself.
Hi everyone, my name is Samuel, but you can call me Sam, I am one of the nine Foreign Correspondents by NSISP from 2017 to 2018, I am 18 years old, from Brazil. I have two brothers, and a mom and dad that I miss a lot...
Well, this is my first blog and I found a really great idea to write about that paper that was given to me a few weeks ago. If you've read the paper already you know what that is about, but I will tell you what you do not know...
Before I came to Canada I was always about sports and I am still. All the kinds of sports I've already done, I would not be the best of it in each one, but I use to be at least good. Differently, from Brazil, Canada values a lot more the sports interaction with the teenagers and my dream was to come to a country like Canada that gives a fair value to the sports and cares about people who practice it.
North American movies that showed the high school sports, such as "High School Musical" and many others, were my picture of what Canada was like about sports, and it is not exactly the same but even better, so finally, I had the chance to come to Canada and live the best experience of my life with no doubts.
Being a stranger, even though Canadians are the most welcoming people in the world, is a bit hard to fit in the world of sports here, you have to challenge yourself and challenge everybody to respect and be respected, so then you have your own space. I believe that I tried a lot to be known by people and to be the best as my dad and mom always taught me to do, it was hard, but pleasant and rewarding. I am not going to say that I deserve what was given to me and I have no clue about how to thank everyone that made it possible. It is still unbelievable.
So that you finally understand, I was chosen to be the male student-athlete at Middleton Regional School to receive an Exemplary Participation Award in Halifax on April 27. When I received that invitation, I got really emotional and cried of happiness because I never expected to receive such an honored award like this. I mainly wanted to write this blog to thank Paul Millman, the Executive Director of NSISP, Michael Rosson, the Assistant Executive Director of NSISP, Monica Nielsen, Coordinator of the Foreign Correspondents of NSISP, Lorna Mastin, my homestay Coordinator, and my parents Carlos and Daniela Caram, to make my experience come true and the best that it could be.
Special thanks to Vice Principal Mr. Greg Bower, Principal Mr. Jim Gushue, all Middleton High School teachers that supported and chose me to represent Middleton and my two host families, Danny and Cherie Townsend, Joe and Helen D'arcy. All of them helped and still helping me with everything I need.
Thank you, hope you have a good one! See you in a next blog!