Nereo II was the very first presenter and he set the bar really high. He started out with a spoken word poem, and then went on to explain how his life had went from smuggling drugs across the border and painting patrol cars, to investing his time into making beautiful spoken word poetry and teaching people how to go after what they're passionate about. Nereo II closed with another beautiful spoken word poem, this time with accompaniment.
Abigail Theano-Pudwill also opened with a spoken word poem about technology. I'm pretty sure everyone in the audience could relate to what she had to say. Her topic was "Facebook is not my friend, you are." This topic had to deal with how we have become so consumed with technology that we sometimes forget to invest our time in the people around us face to face instead of screen to screen.
The last presentation was done by a girl named Lauren Chopeck. Her presentation stunned me the most. She had no script, she just spoke about the heavy burdens that had been placed on her heart. Lauren told us her story and how it still affects her today. There was not a single person in the room who did not have their eyes glued to the stage, everyone was hanging on to her every word. I have mixed emotions on this presentation, but the one word I would use to describe it, is powerful.
A small group of us went to this, but we all had a very good time getting to know eachother better and discussing what we had heard.