Caveat: Collateralized

Speechcontest_090204_10th I have been collateralized – in the buzzword sense used in marketing departments these days:  I'm being used to advertize a product. 

See the recent picture from the L-Bridge website at right, with the winners of the speech contest of a few weeks ago, with me and a few other spokesforeigners standing in the background, looking respectably foreign. [Clicking the photo will pop up a bigger version.]

Genius Willy is right in front of me, wearing a silly grin (I'm in the middle between Joe and Jeff, in the back).  Other students I'm proud of:  Sydney (far left of photo); Johnny (third from left, front row); Sarah and Rebecca (back row of students, 3rd and forth from right) – the face between Sarah and Rebecca is Sarah-teacher (the somewhat hard-to-get-along-with curriculum manager at L-Bridge.  In the small square photos, top row, 2nd from left is Eunice (better known as CGHP! "crazy girl hot pink!" — don't ask what it means, I don't have a clue, myself) and top row, 4th from left is Lisa.

Actually, I'm most proud of Sydney, because she placed into the final 20 despite the fact that she pridefully rejected any kind of coaching of any kind from any of her teachers.  All the other finalists received extensive coaching and help of various sorts (grammar, pronunciation, etc.) from their teachers.