I read another heart-warming story a few days ago in the Mainichi Daily which described the dedication of an 11 year old elementary school girl from Tokyo who became the youngest professional “Go” (Japanese board game) player in history. She has broken a record which was set back in 1968 by a South Korean player. （碁, 囲碁, 史上最年少）
I love these kinds of stories. I always have high…admiration for young people who achieve these heights at such an early age. I believe they serve as ideal role models for their peers, as well as adults. We can currently see numerous examples of these kinds of dedicated youngsters every day on TV at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Many are still in their teens yet their level of maturity and dedication rivals that of most adults.
This story is a good example to use to remind our own students at Smiths School of English that great heights can be reached if the dedication and effort are made.
I’ve included the links here to the story, both in English and Japanese.
If you are interested in learning more about the game of “Go”, check out this link below. （碁, 囲碁）
It is enjoyed by some 27 million people worldwide. You have probably seen it being played on TV sometimes on Sunday afternoon. （碁, 囲碁）
“If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.” (Jesse Jackson, 4 March 1979)
Alessandro “Alex” Stanciu
Smith’s School of English Fuse
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