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This YouTube Stunt Helped a Student Get Off Michigan's Waitlist

Apparently the University of Michigan's admissions office takes applicants' web video skills into account.

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A tried and true piece of advice offered to many high school seniors eager to get off a college admissions waitlist is to write a formal letter to the school specifically detailing why it's the perfect fit for you—and you for it. But when Lawrence Yong, a student at Granada Hills Charter High School in Los Angeles, realized he was one of thousands of students on the University of Michigan's waitlist, he took a 21st century-style approach. Yong sent the school a YouTube link of him singing his heart out in a Michigan-flavored cover of the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back." The video went viral and it worked: Yong got a spot in the 2012 freshman class.

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Is American Idol Making Kids Less Interested in Singing?

Some argue the show's competitive nature discourages kids from getting involved. But the problem might be much bigger than that.

American Idol is a ratings juggernaut. Last night, more than 21 million people turned in to watch the show's first hour, and a whopping 24 million people viewed the second hour. It's no surprise, the show's been getting those kinds of numbers for years. And singing competition shows are multiplying. Now we have The Voice with Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo, and the hit British show, the X-Factor will soon be coming across the pond. So are these shows getting kids interested in singing?

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Is there anything these kids can't sing? High off their recent Webby Award for Artist of the Year, the P.S. 22 Chorus has posted their latest contribution to inspire school choirs everywhere, this time to the tune of The Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You."

If this doesn't make you happy, nothing will.

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