Namine gave her very first speech yesterday, and she did a fantastic job.

But first, let me back up a bit. In history, Namine has been learning about knights, jousting, the Round Table, and coats of arms. She was interested in creating her very own coat of arms, so who were we to say no?

We picked up some poster board, and let Namine go to work. Like the knights of old, she wanted her coat of arms to represent her. She already knew what her name meant, so that comprised three-fourths of her shield. The last fraction, she put some of the things she loves best.

When Jessica told Namine’s teacher what she’d done, her teacher was thrilled. She suggested that Namine present it during the Rural Virtual Academy Gallery Night, when other students would also be presenting school projects.

It’s typical to want to rush through a presentation when you’re nervous. Namine kept telling us (and pretty much anyone else who’d listen) that she was “this much nervous,” holding up her arms, hands spread apart. But despite that, she projected nicely, and spoke clearly. (Any sound issues with the video, I blame on my phone.) She wrote the speech herself, and put a lot of thought and effort into both the coat of arms itself, as well as the speech.