Thursday, May 26, 2005

Yes, I'm happy for Carrie, but congrats to a couple of other people too...

...the big news is that a homeschooled 13-year-old won the 2005 National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.

Nathaniel Cornelius did homeschoolers everywhere proud, topping young people from across the nation to win a 25-thousand dollar college scholarship. Go, Nathan!

And about Carrie...

I didn't get to watch the entire show last night--I have a feeling it was probably bloated with a lot of junk to fit the two-hour time-slot, anyway--but I'm pleased with Carrie Underwood's American Idol win.

As I've said earlier, Carrie has a great voice, very pleasing to listen to, with a good deal of range and power. She's gotten a lot of criticism for her lack of stage presence, but that's something that can be acquired with time and experience.

Her duet with Rascal Flatts last night was gorgeous. I think she's going to be a star.

Meantime, a local girl wins a Christian version of idol...

22-year-old Stephanie Goldsmith of Rockford is the winner of Inspiration Sensation, a Christian singing competition that aired on the Total Living Network. The finale aired May 21st.

According to this Rockford Register Star article: "The 22-year-old Auburn High School graduate is the daughter of Pastor Robert and Phyllis Goldsmith of Greater New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ. She was only 4 when she started singing lead in the church choir."

Congratulations, Stephanie! We look forward to great things for you.

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