From the L.A. Times:
“American Idol” finalist and Glendale native Allison Iraheta was honored at this morning’s Los Angeles County supervisors’ meeting, where she drew crowds and applause for her performances on the top-rated singing competition.
Iraheta, a 17-year-old student at Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High School, was accompanied by her mother, a Salvadoran immigrant, and several relatives. The fourth-place finisher on “Idol” stood out from the suited crowd in her black leather jacket, jeans and Converse sneakers, her black hair dyed pink and blue.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas introduced Iraheta as a “punk, rock, pop” singer, noting that her accomplishments include winning the Telemundo reality show “Quinceanera” in 2006 and twice completing the Los Angeles Marathon. She is preparing to join fellow Idols on a 50-city concert tour that is scheduled to start July 5.
“She is our very own American Idol,” Ridley-Thomas said. “We wish you the very best.”
Iraheta thanked the supervisors for their support and gave a shout-out to the 25 fellow Green Dot charter high school students from Animo Pat Brown High School she spotted in the audience. The students cheered.