St.John's Institution Drama Team (SJIDT)
By Arjun Thanaraju
Never had I understood what the phrase "So close yet so far" meant until now. We aimed high and did everything in our will power to achieve that goal but alas, we had to settle for less.
With mixed feelings but with our heads held high, SJIDT would like to announce that we are officially the 1st Runner-Ups of the National Drama Competition 2014. All the sacrifices, all the blood, sweat and tears brought us extremely close to victory but luck was just not on our side.
Nevertheless, Nationals was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will treasure for the rest of my life. No exaggerations. I have never felt like I belonged so much anywhere else in my life. With these people, on that stage, I felt like I belonged. That is the biggest prize that I'm taking away from this experience, a sense of belonging.
Thank you SJIDT for allowing me to be a part of you guys and thank you for wanting this as much as I did. To be part of team that consists of such talented and amazing individuals was just a blessing. We went there to make a statement and believe me, we did it. We earned the people's respect. We were the People's Champion.
Thank you Miss E for everything that you have done for us. Words can't describe how thankful we are to have you lead and guide us through this crazy journey. We will never forget you. We love you. Thank you Ravin Coach for believing in us when not many did. You always pushed us to be better. Thank you Miss Baitee and Pn. Shahrul for everything that you had to sacrifice to be with us. Shout out to Mr. Chan for his constant support. Thank you everyone for your faith and support. We appreciate it. We could not have done it without you.
Drama may be over, but the passion still lives on inside me. The fire is still lit, and it will stay lit. That, I promise you.
Winston Tan says...
At the extreme level of honesty, yes, I am sad, we are sad, that sudden shock when we were placed 2nd for the National Drama, that 5-second of total silence in the hall when they said "2nd Place- School number 6". Tensions were rising, but ended up in devastation. We went up with the most devastated face, and went down with full of tears. Everybody was crying. There was no shame left. We lost. You know, we know, that our sole aim is to be the National Champions. When Kedah, the champions, performed again, we knew at that point that we somehow deserved to be champions. But no matter how much of tears dropped, complains, sweat dripped,encouragement and morale boost given, it didn't change anything. We were still 2nd Place in the National English Drama Competition 2014.
We failed.This traumatic event, it's going to take a while to shake it off. But thank you. Thank you Miss E, for the love, patience, hardwork and the boost we couldn't possibly describe. Thank you Ravin Cool, the warbringer, the coach that victor the team. Thank you Miss Baitee and Puan Shahrul, for the truly indescribable patience with the drama team. And thank you #SJIDT14, for letting me being a part of everything. I truly love all of you and I couldn't possibly ask for a better team than the #SJIDT14.
Nor Jazlan says...
A team. The people's champions they said. We should have been the number 1, but no, we aren't. Honestly, i didn't regret getting 2nd. For me, we are high up in the sky. For St. John's we will do or die.Tears fell off my eyes, because i have a team which consists of passionate people and hardworking. After 10 years, we once again appeared as KL Champions, and First Runner-Up for Nationals. Sacrifieces and effort , we did. Well, i am proud, for being St. John's Institution Drama Team K.L members. Thanks to my Director/Brother, Arjun, and all of you! Fide et Labore!
Darvind Sdj says
We go through sad moments,hard times and happiest moments together.We did alot of "shits" together.Our bond get stronger as the days past.The moment we got to know that we are the first runner up,all of us cried and cried and cried like theres no tomorrow.But one thing we are proud of is we were declared as the People's Champions.We are not only known as students from Kl but we are known as Johannians from St.John's Institution.All the schools came to us and told us that we are deserved to be the Champions.I would like to use this time to thank Miss E.Miss E without you,we are nothing.Secondly, Ravin Rajalingam.Ravin without you, we are nothing too.Thank you so much for being with us all the time.Next, NurBetty Hamzah and Pn.Shahrul.Thank you teachers for being with us and taking a good care of us for the past few days.Finally,I would like to thank SJIDT'14 for choosing me to be in your team.This is the best of the best team ever.Thank you so much.We will always keep the flag high up in the sky above.For St.John's,we will do or die.Fide Et Labore