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Believe in the Deeds of Your Service

By Tony J., Grade 12
I have had the privilege to serve as a prefect in our beloved college for two years. Even now, I still recall the words I wrote in my letter of application for this job. I promised my service with full heart and dedication to Stanstead.
Now, after two years bearing the prefect tie, I have a better understanding for the word “service.” For the ardent grade 10s and 11s who aspire to earn the same tie in the coming months, or for everyone sitting here, it is invaluable to learn the awareness to serve, or in simpler terms, helping somebody who is not yourself.  
I am not religious. However, before every hockey game this year, I always help pick up at least one puck when my team’s warmup finishes. I believe that if I offer my service to my team by even a small contribution before the game starts, we will have better luck and take the W. And somehow, I think we’ve only lost two games this season when I’ve helped pick up the pucks.
It’s not voodoo magic we are talking about here. It’s having faith that my action of service will be fruitful, and in some degree contributing to the success of my goal, which is to win the game. As the season goes on this faith gives me a sense of duty, and I find joy in serving the team this way, no matter whether it’s picking up pucks in a game situation or after simple practices. Maybe it does contribute to our success after all because the faster pucks are collected, the faster we can get into game mood.
The duty is always there, ladies and gentlemen, the decision to offer your service belongs to you.  
I understand that we are still in high school, but this awareness to serve for a greater good is accumulated throughout your everyday life. It is undeniable that people inherently work for their own interest, but let’s not kid ourselves here: I have seen people here offering their selfless service all the time.
So maybe for one moment, start serving someone other than you. Their gratitude will make you will feel a sense of accomplishment, especially if you crave to become prefect next year or in the future.  
And lastly, for my own dear team, next year, please bring water bottles. It’s the most efficient way to serve our team and yourself.