, Salem, MA


May 7, 2013

Letter: Our American Idol

To the editor:

I know it is too soon, Angie Miller may not be crowned the next “American Idol.” In the end I am not sure if that will matter because either way an Idol has been born. Angie in her quiet and polite demeanor has sparked the joys and hopes of not only a town, but a city, a state and a nation who needed to be reminded of what it stands for. Angie Miller was not thought of as the best before this. She was overlooked for the lead role in plays, was not the prom queen, but she continued to believe in who she was and what she stood for. Angie believed in the power of her voice to touch people and make a difference. In pursuit of a dream she gave up the sure thing, the college scholarships, in pursuit of a dream she felt was bigger, more challenging and more terrifying because there was no safety net.

Angie dedicated herself to the dream that continues to brew within her. She put in the work, she made the necessary sacrifices and continues to pay her dues, day in and day out. She has shown up to give her best each performance, no matter what her best was that day. To me this sounds like the spirit that created one of the greatest systems of democracy and a nation where we the people still have the power to make our dreams come true. She is a testament to the character, the spirit that is not only Massachusetts but at the heart of a town called Beverly, where dreams still come true and good people still make a difference. Angie may not yet be the next “American Idol” but to us she is the manifestation of what this town is about.

Dominic Copeland


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