Where do I begin, I guess I can introduce myself; my name is Sirion Hastings, former president of Ladies of Distinction. I was a part of a monumental opportunity to lead a group of ladies in high school that truly changed my life. I want to give thanks to Coach Carter for noticing something in me that is the reason she choose to give me the title of president. I can’t lie I was nervous with being tasked such an important role, I had doubts of performing well and making her proud. I didn’t know how I was going to lead or even if I could, I just knew that I was very opinionated about women’s rights and had a soft spot in my heart for helping others. I had been a part of another girl group my freshman year at LBJ, but that didn’t last, so I was speculating if L.O.D would. With God’s grace it did, for a long time I was wondering what I would do in high school besides sports, I was looking for something new, something that would challenge me and mold me into a respectful young woman. Let me tell you Coach Carter did just that, when I say she will stay on your back, more like, your neck, to do the right thing or get the work done, she will. Not one time did Coach give me or Melissa, Vice President of L.O.D, an off day to slack. If she was working her butt off to build a girls group that is beyond high school community service, best believe Melissa and I were busy doing whatever task she had for us; either it be coming up with new events for the girls, finding more community service, helping out each other, or planning meetings and making sure the girls were on point. Ladies of Distinction, taught me how to be more than a leader, it taught me how to become a strong minded independent young woman for the real world. It also taught me that if I’m really determined to get somewhere I have to put in the work to get there and that where ever you go, you are representing more than just yourself, slipping grades In school were unacceptable, fighting was unacceptable, laziness was unacceptable, and self-pity was unacceptable. Being a part of such a sisterhood opened up my heart and doors for me that would require at least five more pages of this to tell but I am truly grateful for it. I love Coach Carter and I love my L.O.D sisters with all of me, they just won’t understand how full of love I am. I pray for more years to come and bigger and better opportunities awaiting, and keep rocking that pink and blue because those colors represent our union.
Sirion Hastings aka “the next Oprah”