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He’s “Got Talent”: Arlington’s Drew Erwin Shines in National Competition
By Traci Chapman What was to start out as an ordinary new school year, was nothing but ordinary for Drew Erwin. He is a musician, star athlete and a junior at Arlington High School. Two years ago he began watching “how to” videos online and taught himself how to play the guitar after a football injury ended his season. His love for music grew, and Drew began playing for friends, church and school events, posting his performances online for others to view. Drew did not even know his parents submitted his video for the America's Got Talent YouTube contest until he found out that he had been selected as a finalist. Drew Erwin (or rather, his parents) submitted his audition onto YouT ub e. The audition consisted of singing “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” while playing the piano, which he taught himself to play in 7th grade. His audition was strong enough to receive votes from YouTube users to vote him immediately into the Quarterfinals. Drew Erwin's Quarterfinals performance consisted of singing "Torn" while playing the guitar. He finished in either fourth or fifth place in America's Vote. In the Judges' Choice, Howard Stern and Sharon Osbourne both did not vote for him, eliminating him f r o m t h e competition. “It was definitely crazy and very overwhelming and just a lot to take in, but the experience of a lifetime!” Erwin said. Drew is not only a great musician; he is an outstanding football player. As the only junior being a team captain, he plays the middle linebacker (#36) on the varsity team. This is an incredible tough position because the middle linebacker is often
Let Your Voice Be Heard: VOTE
By Traci Chapman To be a citizen of this country we have certain rights and privileges. We also have certain responsibilities to be active in positive c h a n g e. We all contribute to society, either in a positive way or a negative way. To vote is to give a voice in playing a role in positive change. Now we all have a responsibility to make the world a better place and we now have the right to do so. All policies are made by the elected officials we get into office. All policies affect each and every citizen. Each one of us has a duty to leave the world a better place for the next generations because we lived. We can and should be aware of policies and officials. We should read the news and understand the direction our country is going in. Watch the news and see all of the problems and think about the root of the problem, how we can solve the problems, and what it will take to get the job done. Many citizens today want the benefits of society but do not want to do their part in making good things happen. Life is not about taking, it is about giving. We need to be a strong country once again....it can happen but each and every one of us must do our part. We are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Remember to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. You must be registered to vote by October 6, 2012. If you should have any questions, look at www. shelbyvote.com. Voting is one of the easiest ways you can voice your opinion in a democracy. It gives you a chance to choose your own leaders a nd ma k e them accountable for your development.
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must react to a wide variety of situations. Drew was also the 2011 All District linebacker/ safety. “He is the total package” says Chris Wiley, head varsity AHS football coach. After the America’s Got Talent show, all Drew could think about was to get home to play in the season opener a ga inst Oakland. He came straight from the a ir p or t to t he Arlington football stadium. This was a huge game as Oakland Photo Courtesy of Erwin Family was ranked #8 in the known as t h e state. Arlington won 31“quarterback of the 28 in a nail biter! defense,” as they are Drew is also involved frequently the primary in many other school defensive play callers and activities such as the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As co-president of the FCS, he is in charge of coordinating activities and speakers. “The FCA is a great way to tell my fellow classmates about Jesus that may not be able to make it to church on Sundays. We want to make a difference in the world. You live by example.” Drew even uses his own Twitter account, “It is cool to be able to spread the word about Jesus Christ through integrity and teamwork.” Drew says music is just a hobby, but his stint on America's Got Talent
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Inside this issue . . .
City of Lakeland News, page 4 Town of Arlington, page 5 School Board Candidates, pages 4 & 5 Arlington Archives, page 7 Business News, pages 8 & 9 Community Calendar, page 10 School News, starting on page 16 Senior Notes, pages 26 & 27