I am really not much of a fan of reality shows, but the one show I really enjoy is The Voice. There is something about the blind auditions that appeals to me. The chance to be coached by an award winning performer is quite a prize. Even if you are not chosen as the big winner, you may get several weeks of coaching. It doesn't really matter if you are young or old, thin or not, or what you look like. The competition is all about your voice.
We are in the middle of planning for this year's Young Author's Conference. It is my school's turn to host the county-wide event. Each year our students are encouraged to enter the Young Author's writing contest. Each school selects two students as their writing contest winners. Any student who registers may attend the conference, but the winners are recognized up on stage the night of the conference. The winning entries also are published in the newspaper. This is another case of being chosen for your voice.