Thursday, May 10, 2007

Fergie rewards Franklin High with private concert

Washington may have one of the highest dropout rates in the country, and most graduating students may not be able to pass the Math and Science sections of the 10th grade WASL, but hey, they do excel in one area. Franklin High School was rewarded for it's "Fergalicious" style.

Posted at the Seattle Times,

Whoever said you go to school to learn and not for a fashion show apparently did not go to Franklin High, where the students' propensity toward Bermuda shorts, track jackets and giant sunglasses won them a private concert yesterday from Fergie, the Duchess of Pop.

Franklin was rewarded for its "Fergalicious" style in a contest sponsored by Verizon Wireless, in which student photos — captured on cellphones, natch — were rated on some newfangled interactive technology dubbed the "Fergie Mobile Fashion Meter." Fergie herself chose Franklin as the winner, by a wide margin, from eight schools in the western United States.

Well, if you're not too worried about a little good clean fun at your local High School, here's what the Times had to say about the performance:

Fergie bounded onstage at about 3:45 p.m. to pink and blue flashing lights and plenty of fog, wearing a fur-trimmed red cape and rhinestone tiara with matching scepter. She opened, appropriately, with the pulsing "Here I Come."

The 50-minute set included songs from her solo album, "The Dutchess," as well as a medley of hits from the Black Eyed Peas, including "Where Is the Love," "My Humps" and "Don't Phunk With My Heart." The songs were not the clean radio versions; Fergie apparently keeps it real at Franklin.

By promoting such an event at a public high school, the school is putting parents who don't want their children to attend in the position of saying "NO", as well they should. However, this is not the kind of support that parents could use from their local school district. This is the kind of thing that drives bigger wedges between conservative Christian parents and students who want just want to do what all of their friends are doing.

"It's nice to have something exciting and positive at the school," said senior Kyra Elder, 18. "We've had a rough year."

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