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Kidsday: I'm a fan-gorra of Nick Tangorra

I first saw Nick Tangorra on the Internet. He was on MSG Varsity's "The Talent Show" in May 2012. He is a student at Bethpage High School. I was so impressed by his incredible voice that I instantly became a big fan.

In June, Nick was featured on the YouTube edition of "America's Got Talent." I thought his audition was a winner. In July, my mom took me and a few friends to see his concert at the Long Island Children's Museum. His performance was amazing. I just loved hearing him sing live. Did I mention he was really cute?

He sang so many songs, but the best part was when he sang his own song, "Dance With Me." I loved it so much that I bought it on iTunes.

We went to the meet-and-greet after the show. He was so funny and friendly. His brother Rafe plays the drums, Will Ahrens is the guitarist and Matt Bayley is the bassist.

Nick also does good things for important causes. He is a committee member for the nonprofit Rock Out Autism. He helps raise money and awareness for those with autism. He also encourages kids to stand up for themselves by being involved with Find the Courage, a national anti-bullying campaign.

I have been to so many of his concerts that I practically know the set list by heart. The best was Nick's Hicksville concert. He usually brings a fan onstage so he can sing to her. At that concert, he chose me. When he sang "More Than This" to me, I was so nervous that I was shaking. Since then, he has spent a lot of time in the studio producing new songs. "Nothing Without You" is his latest one.

I follow him on Twitter (@nicktangorra). When he followed me back, I was thrilled. My friends and I are always excited when Nick tweets about an upcoming show.

Not only do we get to see our favorite singer and our favorite band, but we also get to see some of the new friends we have met by becoming fan-gorras!

Hair to share

Locks of Love is an organization that provides hairpieces for kids suffering from medical hair loss. I felt sad for these kids and wanted to do something to help them. I decided to grow my hair longer so I would be able to donate it.

When the day was finally here, I remember sitting in the chair feeling nervous. I didn't know how I would look afterward, but I knew it would grow back in time. I left that day with 11 inches of my hair cut off and went directly to the Post Office and shipped it. I don't know who I donated my hair to, but I'm sure it made them happy. I thought how upset and frightened I would be if I lost my hair. I received a certificate for participating in the program.

Time has gone by, and my hair has grown long again. While sitting in the chair just before my last haircut, I decided to cut my hair again and send it to Locks of Love again. If you want to contribute, visit this website: locksoflove.org

--Kidsday Reporter Nicole Weaver, 11, Oakdale

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