Over the past few weeks, we've been poring over silly, serious, sweet and sappy videos uploaded by high school seniors to YourMTV.com for our "Class of '09 Shout-Out Search." Since Stephenie Meyer's beloved vampire series is so special to this year's graduating class, we decided to give our winner a very special prize: The opportunity to come to the biggest "Twilight" convention of the year with the MTV Movies team (including yours truly) as we cover the event.
After a lengthy contest and many memorable submissions, we broke the good news to our contest winner Wednesday morning (July 15). "Are you serious? Am I the winner?" screamed 18-year-old Farah Madi of Fairfax, Virginia, when we told her the good news via webcam. "Oh my gosh, it was so worth all the stress and the work. I cannot wait!"
Farah will join us in Dallas for TwiCon at the end of the month.
"I was checking the 'Twilight' fan sites like I do all the time, and there was a new blog entry about this contest on MTV," Farah recalled. "I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is perfect. I just graduated, and I love "Twilight"!' So I spent a week making the video and editing it, and I put it up."
Although we were blown away by so many video clips, Farah's earned a special place on the MTV computer screens as we watched her fun little intro about having recently graduated, followed by a rap about the "Twilight" stars, and ending with a shot of her in cap and gown.
"I wanted to do something that was fun and different," laughed Farah, who won us over as soon as she rhymed "hurt" with "Kristen Stewart."
"It took me, like, an hour to find something that rhymed," she said of her KStew-inspired line. "I cannot believe [I'm going to TwiCon]! I so want to go. And I get to see all the stars!"
Michael Welch himself stopped by the MTV studios recently and told us he was eager to meet the contest winner. In addition, TwiCon will feature series stars Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Christian Serratos, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone and more when it runs from July 30 to August 2.
"My favorite character is Alice, so Ashley Greene," Farah said of the "Twilight" star she's most eager to meet. "And then Emmett, Kellan Lutz also. And maybe Jackson Rathbone — I heard that his 100 Monkeys band is gonna play there."
Although she's a die-hard fan, Farah has never met a "Twilight" star before (Nikki Reed and Kristen Stewart were once spotted at her local mall, but when she got there, they had left), so she's thrilled to be joining our team for TwiCon.
"When I started reading 'Twilight,' I fell in love with it, and I was like, 'This is the best book ever!' " she remembered. "It has everything a book can have: adventure, romance, everything. It means so much to me. And I can't wait for 'New Moon' to come out."
Stay tuned, as we'll have more about Farah and her adventures in the next few weeks. And be sure to check us out during TwiCon, as this bitten and smitten high school senior helps bring you all the latest news!
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