Help! Nikki Strong wants her DMV Student to win this Scholarship!

Some of you may know that in addition to doing WHUR and media related work, I also teach. I work with 2yr olds all the way to 18 yr olds and occasionally adults, primarily teaching dance.  Well, one of my students, a fifth grader, is a finalist in the doodle4google contest.  Shashi Arnold is her name. She was featured in an article in the Washington Post for her work! Check it out here.

I learned a while ago never underestimate the dimensions of talent in your child or your student. Even though she was in my dance class, I knew she liked drawing when she gave me this for the holidays:

Shashi's Holiday Card

Shashi's Holiday Card 2


How precious is that? I know you gotta love it!Go Shashi!

Anyway, young artists coast to coast doodled their inventions to make the world a better place. Doodle 4 Google guest judges have chosen the 50 state winners. Now I want Shashi to win for the U.S.! The one with the most votes wins, so please vote for #ShashiArnold of Silver Spring, MD. Hers is called Imagination Transportation — in which kids soar through the skies in cardboard boxes.

The winner’s doodle will appear on the homepage and he or she will receive a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.  Public voting ends May 9th.

Could you click the link and cast your vote and tell your friends to do the same?  If you follow me on twitter @iamnikkistrong, you already know I have been putting this on blast.  #Shashi #google4doodle

I thank you in advance!

Go team #shashi!!!


Nikki Strong

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Her energy is infectious! "Edutainment" is her specialty. When Nikki Strong is on, you know you will get caught up in what's going down (and learn something new too)! From Soft Rock to Hip-Hop, Gospel to World music, Nikki's 15+ year radio career involves working in various capacities and formats. Currently Nikki serves as Producer of the Hang Suite on Saturday nights and the go-to Talent whenever anyone takes vacation time or needs a fun host for a remote event. She also host the news and entertainment show "The Scene" on SiriusXM 141 H.U.R. voices Thursdays at 12:30p. Engaging and informative, this Harlem native loves to have a good time with great music! One of her most fulfilling gigs was giving birth to the "Neo-Soul" channel, The Flow, at XM Satellite Radio where she worked as Music Director. She also served as Music Director and Air Talent for the World Music station XM100 WorldZone and then went on to help build an international Hip Hop music station for WorldSpace Satellite Radio. These last two positions, in particular, enabled Nikki to experience first hand how impactful African American culture, especially Soul, Hip Hop and Jazz have been on music from all over the world. Off air, Nikki loves the theater arts and also works as an actress/dancer/singer and voice over artist. She also teaches dance to youth in the DMV area. Occasionally you may catch her substitute teaching a Ballet, Modern or Jazz class for adults at several of the local dance studios, or flexing her acting chops on stage at one of DC's great theatres. Nikki is proud that DC has been her home for over 10 years. She is excited and honored to be a member of the WHUR family and its rich legacy.

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