记三牛高中部英语演讲比赛：如何理解“冲突” | 双语阅读
Grade 10 can be a wonderful and exciting year for young students but, it can also be confusing and stressful! (example: the many many many exams)Students are faced with new personal and academic challenges that will eventually help to mold their future scholastic choices.
Grade 10 students this semester also focused heavily on the theme of conflict, which was seen in both our literature and politics classes. This overall theme influenced both the literature teacher Emily and politics teacher Lara to create the grade 10 competition. The competition allowed for students to showcase their critical and creative skills by presenting an original piece of work in any format about the theme of conflict.
Student Agatha won first place with her beautiful poem about an internal conflict that intricately showed elements of light and elements of darkness.
When asked about her thought process while writing her winning poem this was her response:
I considered the mirror to be the theme of the poem and that, the hero and the devil were characters that represent two different choices. The former means the positive side of humanity, the latter means the negative side, and the mirror represents the social problems or for the reader’s interpretation. For instance, when there is bullying, we must decided whether we will be the hero and help or a devil and not.
In my poem, the hero exclaims, ‘to make good choices’, but, the poem’s protagonist remains a devil. In the end, I decided to write this poem because I wanted to tell people the truth that the reason that sometimes people choose to be a devil is because they want to protect themselves and to not suffer. Every hero or devil is not exact.
戴芊通过对Walt Whitman的O Me! O Life!诙谐幽默的改编，在比赛中获得二等奖。
Student Frederic won 2nd place with her own hilarious version of Walt Whitman's O Me! O Life!
When asked "what was your inspiration?", This was her response：
读了Walt Whitman的诗歌之后，感受到写诗也是对生活态度的一种表达，它可以是积极的，也可以是消极的，因为每个人对生活的态度和见解都是不一样的。通过Walt Whitman的诗，我感受到诗词的自由性，在诗词中尽情表达自己情绪的快乐。所以在Walt Whitman的Oh me! Oh life!诗上进行了改编，改成了自己对TOEFL的期望和感受。
After reading the poems of Walt Whitman, I feel that writing poem is an expression of the attitude to life. It could be positive or negative, because the attitude and understanding to life is different from person to person. Through Walt Whitman's poems , I can sense the freedom and the happiness of expressing feelings of writing poems. So I write about a poem based on Walt Whitman's Oh me! Oh life to express the feelings and expectations of TOEFL.