Girl Scouts Seek Singing Superstar with “I Want to Rock the Mall” Contest

Jan 23, 2012 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital Contact: Nancy Wood, nwood@gscnc.org, 202‐870‐1193
K12 Contact: Sara Scharg, sara.scharg@ogilvy.com, 312‐397‐6095
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Contact: Cori Begg,cbegg@gswpa.org, 412-594-2526

Girl Scouts Seek Singing Superstar with “I Want to Rock the Mall” Contest
Chance to Perform for 200,000 at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing‐Along

WASHINGTON – Girl Scouts around America are warming up their voices, tuning their guitars and
arranging new lyrics in hopes of become the next singing sensation. Tapping into a tech‐savvy youth
culture, Girl Scouts announced I Want to Rock the Mall YouTube contest sponsored byK12 Inc.,
America’s leader in online learning for students in grades kindergarten through 12. To enter, Girl
Scouts must write an original song expressing what it’s like to be a Girl Scout today. The contest is
part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Girl Scout movement. The Girl Scout contest winner
will dazzle the stage with a live performance in front of hundreds of thousands at *Girl Scouts Rock the
Mall*:100th Anniversary Sing‐Along, in Washington, DC on June 9, 2012. Plus, she’ll be introduced and
share a stage with “American Idol” finalist and Girl Scout alumna Thia Megia.

Girl Scouts Rock the Mall: 100th Anniversary Sing‐Along is one of several events that will mark the
centennial celebration of Girl Scouts. Hosted by the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and Girl
Scouts of theUSA, it will be the largest gathering of Girl Scouts with an estimated 200,000 Girl Scouts
from around the world attending. Girl Scouts have been writing, singing, and playing songs that
celebrate sisterhood and the fundamental ideals of Girl Scouting for 100 years.

“We are motivating girls to use their creativity to express what it is like to be a Girl Scout today. Using
social media Girl Scouts can spread the word in song, far and wide, that Girl Scouts is celebrating its
100th anniversary,” said Lidia Soto‐Harmon,CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital.

Thia Megia, singer, musician and finalist on the hit FOX series “American Idol,” is lending her talent to
serve as official Ambassador for the I Want to Rock the Mall YouTube contest. While participating in
the “American Idol” live tour across the country, Megia balances her performing career and school
work as student at California Virtual Academies powered byK12. “I know that girls are doing it all
these days, so I can’t wait to see the videos, hear the creative songs and join our talented winner at
Girl Scouts Rock the Mall. It’s going to be truly inspiring,” said Thia Megia.

Ron Packard, K12 founder and CEO, commented, “We are proud to join forces with the country’s
largest girl‐focused organization, Girl Scouts. One of the greatest benefits forK12 virtual students is
that they have the flexibility and freedom they need to fulfill dreams inside and outside of the
traditional classroom. In fact, many of our virtual students participate in Girl Scouts, and the YouTube
contest is a unique platform for them to express themselves and interact with young women across
the country.”

I Want to Rock the Mall YouTube contest will kick‐off November 10, 2011 at the Girl Scouts National
Convention in Houston,TX. All entries must be posted on YouTube by April 20, 2012. The top 10
entries will receive recognition at the event and aGirl Scouts Rock the Mall T‐shirt. The first place
winner will receive a trip to Washington, DC to perform atGirl Scouts Rock the Mall: _100th
Anniversary Sing‐Along_. Contestants must be a registered Girl Scout, in grades K‐12, living in the
United States. The entries must be posted in response to the officialI Want to Rock the Mall YouTube
contest atwww.youtube.com/GSRocktheMall.

During the contest period, girls are encouraged to direct visitors to view their entry to increase the
panel of judges’ interest in their video. The winner will be determined based on creativity, originality,
musicality and the girl’s ability to engage her audience. The contest is sponsored by Girl Scouts of the
Nation’s Capital andK12. For more information visit: www.gscnc.org/youtubecontest.html.

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