Monday, May 14, 2012

Girl Scouts Names Winner of K12 “I Want to Rock the Mall” YouTube Contest!

Girl Scouts of the USA congratulates the winners of the K12 and Girl Scouts I Want to Rock the Mall YouTube contest. Dana Marie Rogers a Girl Scout Ambassador from Old Bridge, NJ wowed the judges with an original Girl Scout Cookie Rap that landed her a spot on stage, June 9th at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along.

"I am so excited to be chosen as the winner of Girl Scouts Rock the Mall, and I can't wait to perform my original Girl Scout songs for girls from across the country! Music is my passion, and I love to share it with others. I am so proud to be a Girl Scout," said Dana Marie.

The YouTube contest was created to excite and motivate the tech-savvy youth culture. Girl Scouts across the United States jumped onboard and created original songs celebrating what it means to be a Girl Scout. Some played guitars, were backed by their family band, or created cool videos for the chance to perform live onstage in Washington, DC at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing-Along before an anticipated audience of 200,000 Girl Scouts, family, friends and alumnae from around the world. Girl Scouts Rock the Mall will be the largest gathering of Girl Scouts to mark the 100th anniversary of the movement.

Thia Megia, “American Idol” finalist and K12 student will introduce Dana Marie to hundreds of thousands of Girl Scouts, family, friends and alumnae expected to converge on the National Mall to enjoy female song leaders and girl groups perform in what might be the world’s largest sing-along. She is also scheduled to perform One Day and Always. Megia said, “I am so honored to be a part of this special day and cannot wait to watch Girl Scouts Rock the Mall winner Dana Marie perform on stage.”

Girl Scouts Rock the Mall teamed-up with K12 Inc, America’s leader in online learning for students in grades kindergarten through 12, to tap the tech-savvy youth culture with the YouTube contest.

“Students using K12’s education programs have the flexibility and freedom they need to fulfill dreams inside and outside of the traditional classroom, said Ron Packard, K12 founder and CEO. ” We are so proud to be partnering with an organization that shares our vision by encouraging girls to showcase their talents and follow their dreams.”

“As we prepare to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall, it is encouraging to listen to girls express the importance of being part of an organization that encourages inclusion, builds girls’ confidence and empowers girls to be leaders,” said Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. “We thank our sponsor, K12 for making this contest possible. Every Girl Scout video entry was a winner, and every girl should continue to explore her passions.”

Girl Scouts have been writing, singing and playing songs that celebrate sisterhood and the fundamental ideals of Girl Scouting for 100 years – the only difference now is that they’re able to reach so many more as their voices are heard across the country and beyond.