American Idol contestant welcomed home

LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - After appearing in a musical competition on a national stage, a Pinebelt resident returns home. Friends and family gathered Friday night at the Lumberton Public Library to throw a heartwarming reception for former "American Idol" contestant Michael Simeon. Although he only made it part way through, the Lumberton native plans to continue his musical career and keep living his dreams.

"I really learned that this is truly one thing that I do want to do, and that I am capable," said Simeon. "Just to make it as far as I did, even though I didn't continue further it's still confirmed that this is something that I should strive towards and I am going to strive towards."

Simeon, who is a sophomore at Ole Miss, is currently pursuing his degree in electrical and computer engineering, and plans to continue his singing career.

The Pinebelt musician added that is was incredible to represent the small town of Lumberton on a national stage.

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