By Rahul Joshi
There I was, sitting in the front row of the MIT Theatre waiting for my name to be called. We were at MIT for the National Vocabulary contest sponsored by North South Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for underprivileged children in India (www.northsouth.org). MIT is in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a very famous and prestigious institute of technology. When I saw how big it was, I thought to myself, “Wow, this is HUGE!”
The verbal round began. “Rahul, please come on stage,” called out the announcer. I got really nervous. My legs started staking more and more. “The word is ‘insulate’,” the judge said. The noise of my teeth chattering echoed on the microphone. I heard some people laughing. I accidentally bit my lower lip. I thought I screamed but the there was no sound. Everybody was just starting at me like I had just said the president was a chimpanzee. There were so many people there that I started to sweat!
I thought the meaning of ‘insulate’ was ‘insult’. My toes were wiggling a lot. I was about to say ‘insult’ but then I thought some more. Then, it popped right into my mind. The meaning wasn’t ‘insult’, it was ‘segregate’! “The meaning is ‘segregate’”. I said a little too loud. “Sorry,” I squeaked. I don’t think anyone heard me though. I prayed that I would get the answer right. “That answer is right,” the pronouncer said.
I felt so proud of myself. “Whew,” I said right into the microphone. “Whoa,” I thought to myself, “didn’t see that coming!”
Some people want to experience this kind of excitement and some don’t. I have experienced this kind of energy and excitement and I think all the stress was worth it!
Rahul Joshi, 8 years old, is a 4th grader at Pioneer Elementary, Union City, CA. He is a prodigy of Genius Kids where he started reading at the young age of 2 years 4 months old. He was promoted and skipped 2nd grade, heading right into 3rd grade. He was won and ranked in several local and national competitions, the most recent being 2nd Place in the North South Vocabulary Regional Competition. He is also an avid singer and dancer and recently competed in the .
Rahul did not place in the competition but this is his second time making it to the Nationals.