|Nov 11th, 1990
Hero's Of Young America: The Eleventh Annual Poll
The World Almanac 1990
Paula Abdul, the dancer, singer, and choreographer of pop music, was named the "Top Heroine" of Young America in The World Alamanac's eleventh annual poll of high school students.
The students in grades 8 through 112 were asked to select those individuals in public life they admired most. The schools chosen to participate represented a geographic cross-section of the United States. In addition to choosing a top hero/heroine, the teenagers were asked to make selections in 8 other categories as well as answering 10 general questions on entertainment and current events and leaders.
The Top Heroine/Hero
The selection of the 27-year-old Paula Abdul mark's the first time in the history of the poll that a woman was named as the person most admired. Ms. Abdul grew up in California's San Fernanado Valley, where she was an A-student at Van Nuys High School.
While attending California State Univ. at Northridge, Abdul became a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers and quickly became their choreographer. She went on to become a choreogrpher and dance teacher for such notables as Janet Jaskcon, Aretha Franklin, and George Michael.
Her debut album produced four number one singles-- "Straight Up," "Forever Your Girl," "Cold Hearted," and "Opposites Attract." Ms. Abdul has received many entertainment awards and has also produced many hit videos.
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