Think back to when you were 11 years old… Were you building forts and chasing schoolyard crushes? Or were you standing in front of eager audience members belting your heart out? Well, if you’re 11-year-old Las Vegas native Anna Christine, you’d select the second option.
Just after hitting the double-digits, Anna Christine was able to accomplish something few elderly musicians can say they’ve done in their lifetimes. She auditioned on America’s Got Talent for millions of viewers at home – and she totally knocked it out of the park.
Her powerful voice boomed across the theater leaving the judges in total shock. How could such a fined-tuned sound come from someone who can’t even stay at home alone?
From the time Anna Christine was five years old, everyone in her family knew she was meant to be a superstar. She was singing all the time, copying her favorite soundtracks and belting to the words to jingles she heard on television. By the time she hit eight, Anna Christine’s mother was confident she had the skills to try a career in music seriously.
That’s why Mom allowed her daughter to follow her passion unrestricted and was more than proud when she asked to try out for America’s Got Talent. When the AGT camera crew asked if she was nervous on the day of her audition, Anna Christine said she didn’t have to be as long as Mom was by her side.
“She’s always been there, and she always will be, and I don’t have to worry about anything as long as I’m with her.”
Even with such a supportive force there, it was impossible for Anna Christine to ignore the gurgle of nerves churning in her stomach. All of her hard work and dedication led to this point – she couldn’t ruin it all now by allowing anxiousness to take over. She shook it off, gave host Nick Cannon a big grin and walked onstage to confront the judges.
After joking with Howard Stern for a moment and introducing herself, it was finally time to start singing “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals. She closed out the countless eyes staring back at her from excited audience members and got to work.
Sure enough, every note was on point and her keyboard skills were breathtaking.
Typical preteens aren’t able to perform as Anna Christine did – and the judges knew it. They immediately passed her through to the semi-final round where she competed valiantly before being sent home. Even though she didn’t win the top prize, she’s still pursuing music now and doesn’t seem to have any plans to stop!
Listen to Anna Christine’s impressive rendition of “House of the Rising Sun” below. She’s so talented for such a young lady!
Michael Lee is the digital photography teacher for a high school in Spokane and was tired of losing his students’ attention to their cellphones. He only had a few precious minutes a day with the kids – wasting time punishing them for cellphone use was just as annoying as them chatting away in the first place. That’s when he created a revolutionary lockbox that allows the students to charge their phone while they’re secured and out of their hands.
Michael told KREM News that he’s just trying to help the children really participate in the world around them, “My overall goal was to give kids an opportunity to engage in what they’re doing. And that’s hard to do when every few seconds or few minutes there’s a beep on your phone and you have to check what it is.”
By forcing the kids to unplug and focus solely on their schoolwork, Michael says he’s seen a dramatic improvement in the quality of their projects. While he’s being hailed as an educational hero by most, some say confiscating phones preemptively may be a step too far. Form your own opinion by watching the video below. Do you think locking up cellphones is the right move in such a technology-engrained society?
Colby and Bleu, two golden retriever puppies, are seen running to their dinner bowls from when they’re 11 weeks old to when they’re 46 weeks old. Every moment captures their excitement, their happiness, and of course, their cuteness!
I love how mealtime seems to get our fur babies going! It’s like this is their moment to celebrate and show off… and of course race to the finish line. Plus, using this music in the background is so fitting! Can you guess the tune? Or at least what this tune was used for?
As a dog lover, you will love this video, paws down. Puppyhood goes by way too fast but take comfort in one thing: our dogs never fully grow up. They’ll always be our babies!