...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.