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February 14, 2012 > Youtube phenomenon congratulates MSJHS

Youtube phenomenon congratulates MSJHS

By Angie Wang

In September of 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) in Fremont as the top open-enrollment high school in the nation for Math and Science. The school's administration agreed it was an achievement worthy of congratulations; so, they worked with the Leadership 2 (L2) class to host a concert for the students and staff, as a reward for their hard work. As a result, arrangements were made for Youtube singing star Megan Nicole to perform at MSJHS on January 30.

L2's publicity team spread news of Nicole's concert beginning the week of finals, as an extra incentive to end the first semester on a strong note. By the following Monday, MSJHS fans were anxiously awaiting Nicole's special performance. Upon her arrival, she was greeted by L2 students and complied when they asked her to christen their classroom wall with her autograph. Shortly after, in preparation for the concert, L2's tech committee and DJ Technick, a student DJ from MSJHS, worked with Nicole and her band mates to set the stage and complete their sound check.

The school was buzzing with excitement as word spread of the singer's arrival and when the last bell of the day rang, fans crowded into the amphitheater in anticipation of her performance. The Leadership 2 class had also thoughtfully invited food trucks, such as Mogo's and Treatbot, to sell lunch and snacks to the students. After purchasing food, students settled down for the concert.

ASB Activities Coordinator Senior Ilene Tsao kicked off the event with trivia about Megan Nicole, testing how well the student body really knew the Youtube celebrity. The reward for answering correctly included free merchandise as well as an opportunity for a meet-and-greet with the performer. Those who purchased memorabilia were also eligible for the meet-and-greet.

As Nicole finally made her way to the stage, the crowd went wild with excitement. Her amazing performance included covers of popular songs, such as Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" and Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away," but the crowd's favorite by far was Nicole's original composition, "B-e-a-utiful," already a huge Youtube hit. Those with high expectations were far from disappointed, and those who weren't previously aware of Nicole's stardom walked away with a spectacular first impression.

"Take any and every opportunity to perform, whether it is a school talent show or an open-mic session. They're both great ways to share your passion for music," says Nicole, to all those who aspire to be professional musicians. "Start a Youtube channel!"

Megan Nicole's hit single "B-e-a-utiful" is available for purchase on iTunes. For more information visit,

Editor's note: Angie Wang is a journalism student at MSJHS.

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