TCRC Visits with American Idol Winner Iam Tongi


It wasn’t a surprise to students and teachers at Federal Way’s Decatur High School May 21 when senior Iam Tongi was crowned this season’s “American Idol” champion. 

They’d long known about his musical talent — “The kid walked around the school hallways with his guitar,” says Matt Vaeena, Tongi’s current English teacher — but when Tongi first appeared on the ABC competition, they were surprised by how he introduced himself.

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