One of my clients, K12, is wonderfully fortunate to have a student contestant in American Idol 10. Thia M. is the youngest student to have made the Top 12 cut - at age 16. And to me, it’s a beautiful thing when a student can continue her high school education and participate in one of the biggest entertainment events that this country celebrates. March Madness notwithstanding.
It’s a bit harder to show Thia support and school spirit - since the online version of a pep rally hasn’t really been perfected yet (save Idol itself). So we are all doing what we can - rallying support from schoolmates, family and friends - online, via social media. And it’s been fun to watch the fire catch on, especially on Thia’s Facebook page.
With more than 80,000 students and families in more than 60 countries around the globe, one might imagine that K12’s voting audience might actually sway Wednesday’s results!
I know this is all tempered by the tragedy of the tsunami in Japan and the continuing angst of Middle East conflicts…
It may seem - to some - almost trite to celebrate one talented young woman’s accomplishment, when so many families are truly suffering around the world. But if not now, when?
So if you see some unusual tweets and such coming from me lately, it’s in celebration of, and solidarity for, a 16 year-old’s dream. And the power of our communities - virtual, online, educational, social - to show our support…
…for Thia, for families in Japan, and for peace in the Middle East.
(And thank you, all friends and family, for your personal wishes for my birthday today. I feel celebrated as well! The timing of well-wishes is always good.)