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Sebastian, FL rooting for Kristen O'Connor to win "American Idol"

The small town of Sebastian, Florida is going crazy because one of their own, Kristen O’Connor, is a contestant on this season of “American Idol.” Social media has been abuzz for weeks as area residents cheer her on. Her personal Facebook page is filled with encouragement.

Kristen, 24, is a graduate of Sebastian River High School. She recently earned a nursing degree from University of Central Florida.

While O’Connor says she loves helping people as a nurse, her dream has always been to make music a career. Being on “American Idol” is getting that dream started.

She has a huge fan base in her hometown. Her Facebook wall as flooded with congratulations on Wednesday evening after it was announced she made the top 13.

Now it’s up to fans to vote.

One Sebastian resident hopes to help Kristen out by placing a giant banner alongside the town’s busiest highway. Jake Sunnycalb posted the photo on O’Connor’s page along with the note, “I believe you are the next American Idol! You have an amazing voice and humble ! You sang beautifully tonight! This banner is on US Hwy 1 in Sebastian, Florida!
Wishing you the best of luck!”

Are you rooting or Kristen O’Connor to win “American Idol”? Follow her on Twitter @imKristenO.