This is the very FIRST EVER LJ IDOL GOLD STAR AWARDS!
What IS a Gold Star? Well folks watching Kid Nation could tell you that a Gold Star is given out to one of the kids for "community service above and beyond".
What is a Gold Star in terms of LJ Idol? Pretty much the same thing, only I hand them out (instead of the four "town leaders") and they aren't worth $20,000 unless of course you happen to get something worth that much and write the words "LJ Idol GOLD STAR" on it.)
The idea behind it was that I wanted a way to say thank you to the people who have really stepped up, and so, given how many contestants there are, I figured having a post with their names in it would be helpful!
Five of these are people that I have an established personal relationship. I almost excluded them from consideration altogether, but then decided that it was better to give them the award early on, since they deserve it, and concentrate on people that I don't know once the game actually gets going!
This is community service based, people giving back to the community itself, even if it's just a well timed comment that caught my attention, and kept it over the last couple of weeks. If you thought reading through every post was hard - imagine going through EVERY COMMENT AND EVERY POST! I could have made this list SO much longer, but actually cut out quite a few people, many of them you will be seeing next week on the GOLD STAR award list I'm sure!
Anyway, here is the list of the 15 people who made a difference in the last couple of weeks in the "pre-game" warm-up/Week 0:
Thank you to all of you, and to those who did not make the list - I'm looking forward to seeing your name on it soon!