Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Honors 'American Idol' Finalist Allison Iraheta

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.

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American Idol Finalist Allison Iraheta To Be Honored At Tomorrow's Board Of Supervisors Meeting


Allison was the last female 2009 American Idol Finalist

WHO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas will present Allison with a Board of Supervisors Scroll of Appreciation

WHAT: Seventeen-year-old, Allison Iraheta attends Green Dot’s Animo Ralph Bunche Charter School in the Second Supervisorial District. She was the only female among the final four American Idol finalists.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 9:30 AM

WHERE: L.A. County Board of Supervisors
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
Room 381 (Board Hearing Room)
500 W. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

UPDATE: New post about Allison’s appearance at the Board of Supervisors

Second District Student A Finalist On American Idol

Alison Iraheta attends Green Dot’s Animo Ralph Bunche charter school in the Second District. She is also a finalist on American Idol tonight. So if you like Alison’s performance be sure to vote for her!

Not only does Alison attend school in South L.A., but her sister teaches at Green Dot and her father also works for Green Dot. 17 of the 18 Green Dot charter schools are located in the Second District.

American Idol is on Fox tonight at 8pm. Viewers can vote as many times as they like by calling the phone on the screen tonight or via text. The number is 866 436-57 _ _ . The last two numbers depend on what number she is assigned this evening during the performances.

Alison has been singing since she was three years old. And she was first “discovered” performing at a talent show put on by the St. John’s Well Child & Family Center. She loves animals and running. She actually ran with Students Run L.A., and has even completed the L.A. Marathon twice. She supports Padres Contra el Cancer (parents fighting cancer) and works with Children’s Hospital in Hollywood and the Rose Breast Cancer Society.