Veronica is reporting from Tuntutuliak, Alaska and never ever refers to herself in third person.
Right now, a mini basketball tournament between villages Tuntutuliak and Quinhagak is underway. Tons of school kids come out to watch the games, and boy do these kids love getting their picture taken (and asking who my husband is – kids are great). Anyway, while taking pictures of dozens of begging kids, I spotted a familiar face.
Perhaps you have seen the instantly viral video of a native village performing the Hallelujah Chorus. That village is in fact Quinhagak and I have just met the nice young man who appears at the end of the video (the gentleman with long hair waving with the kids). I then thoroughly embarrassed him by declaring, “you’re famous.”
“Unintentionally,” he demurred.
Guys, all you have to know about the adult volunteers out here is that they are VERY special. Usually, if they do one thing, they do everything else, too. Their hands are full playing chaperon, coach, teacher, tutor, etc…
This is one of the best videos I have seen in a long time. Created by a fifth grade teacher, the video was originally meant to be a Christmas greeting to the district. When I got it from my mom in an email and then posted it on Facebook it only had around 930 views. It is now nearing a half-million views. See why for yourself: