Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Teachers Set The Student Up, But Watch How Soldier Dad Handles It.

Overcome With Tears

Overcome With Tears

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Vulnerable, Haley Webb stood in front of her family, teachers, and classmates. Cheeks flush and reddened with tears, heart racing and pounding, the speech notes in her hand, she knew as her voice broke that she’d been set up to fail. She hadn’t even been given time to read the speech before she shakily approached the podium. Why was she being forced to do this? But as soon as she looked down, it all made sense.

Veterans Day Festivities

Veterans Day Festivities

Independence School District

The days leading up to this had been filled with both excitement and dread. Her school, Bingham Middle School, was preparing for its Veteran’s Day celebration. The holiday, which celebrates the United States Armed Forces, was to be celebrated with speeches and performances- the former of which Haley wanted no part in.

Music, Not Speeches

Music, Not Speeches

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Though she would be performing with the Bingham Band as a flutist, the shy teenager was not one for delivering epic prose in front of the thousand or so attendees. Most of her teachers respected this, that not all their students were bound to become the next great orator. All except for the principal.

A History Of Silence

A History Of Silence

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Being a flutist was different from public speaking. It was a team effort where she could rely on her bandmates should her anxieties flare up. With public speaking, she was utterly alone on stage, with no one to help. Alone was something Haley Webb knew all too well, especially with her family’s history.

Always Alone

Always Alone

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Haley Webb came from a line of servicemen and women, and for that, her family had sacrificed countless times. Lonely birthdays and holidays, seats at important events sitting empty, and long distance calls coupled with anxiety after the screen goes dark, were all things Haley knew- and Veteran’s Day would bring it back. But if it is a show they want, then it's a show they're going to get.

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