OMG! Teen Star Surprises Students

Micaela McSorley got to meet Mitchel Musso of
Micaela McSorley got to meet Mitchel Musso of "Hannah Montana" at Legacy Elementary. (By Erica Garman)
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By Erica Garman
Sunday, November 2, 2008

Living in LoCo is Erica Garman's blog devoted to all things interesting in Loudoun County. You can find it at This column of highlights from the blog appears in this space every Sunday.

Mitchel Musso, who plays Oliver on Disney's "Hannah Montana" series, made a surprise appearance Thursday at a Legacy Elementary School assembly to promote proper hand-washing.

The event began with a presentation by area pediatrician Martin Foreman, owner of Reston Pediatrics, who put his prewashed hand under a black light for the audience to see -- eww, lots of germs -- and then again after scrubbing with hand sanitizer -- ahh, no germs.

The students were then treated to a short video about proper hand-washing techniques featuring Musso.

Then, OMG! The teenage heartthrob entered the auditorium to a cacophony of yells and squeals.

"Clean hands are cool hands!" the children shouted, in response to Musso's request to repeat after him.

The star took some questions about germs and hand-washing from the students and asked them to join him in a thematic song before the assembly ended.

Principal Rob Duckworth said he was approached last month by HCA Foundation officials, who sponsored the assembly. "It was finalized just last week," he said.

(Background: HCA Virginia is the company behind the proposed Broadlands Regional Medical Center.)

I asked Duckworth whether he thought his students would remember the clean-hands message or only that "Oliver" came to their school.

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