I was 10-years-old and alone on the stage.
Standing behind a podium looking out at stone-faced judges, I could barely see the rows of boys sitting behind them in the darkness.
The audience was packed into the hall, waiting silently in the hot August night for me to begin speaking.
The topic? "Should the United States Have Boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow".
I took a deep breath and started my speech.
This may sound like one of those stress dreams - you get to class and discover there's an exam you didn't prepare for.