RANCHO PENASQUITOS — This afternoon Mt. Carmel High School unveiled a statue of American Idol sensation Adam Lambert, a former Sundevil who graduated from the school in 2000. Lambert won the hearts of millions through his captivating performances, and managed to sing his way to the American Idol finale, which airs later this evening.
The unveiling took place in front of a packed audience at the Sundevil Arena, where several speakers had a chance to share their memories and fondness of Lambert.
Mt. Carmel High Principal Lester Mondale began the ceremony with a moving speech.
“Adam’s success shows that if you stay in school, anything is possible, as long as you dye your hair black, lose a few pounds, wear extremely tight, unflattering pants, have good teeth, and are born with an extraordinary voice,” said Mondale.
Many people involved in Lambert’s life also had a chance to speak at the unveiling. Gary Mendle, a 28-year-old Blockbuster Video employee, spoke of how he used to bully Lambert during high school.
Mendle explained, “You know, it’s every bully’s nightmare to see the person you picked on become famous, which is why I’d like to use this opportunity to make amends and um…err…I can’t do this! He was an arrogant douchebag in high school — you guys have no idea!”
Mendle was then dragged off stage by security.
Next, former teachers of Lambert had the honor of pulling the curtain off the statue, which commemorates Lambert’s legendary performance of Aerosmith’s “Cryin’,” and is carved out of pure bronze.
“I think it’s so great that we’re honoring him. The statue looks so much like him — what amazing detail!” exclaimed Lambert’s former drama teacher. “Now that Adam has a statue, he literally is an idol,” she added.