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Posted on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 10:08 a.m.

Ypsilanti native 'American Idol' finalist Matt Giraud visits Canton students

By Katrease Stafford

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Matt Giraud was a finalist on Season 8 of "American Idol."

"American Idol" finalist Matt Giraud, an Ypsilanti native, visited Salem High School in Canton Wednesday to perform for students and discuss his career, reports.

Giraud, who was born in Dearborn, was raised in the Ypsilanti area but now considers Kalamazoo his hometown. Giraud graduated from Lincoln High School in 2003. Giraud was a fifth-place finalist of the eighth season in 2009 of the reality television show. Giraud will return to the school on Feb. 13, 2013, with school choirs.

Giraud records and tours as an independent musician. reported that Giraud sang the national anthem in 2011 at the University of Michigan spring football game.

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Fri, Nov 30, 2012 : 6:10 a.m.

"Giraud will return to the school on Feb. 13, 2013, with school choirs." Could you clarify whether this is a return to Lincoln High School with the choirs or to Salem High School?

Linda Peck

Thu, Nov 29, 2012 : 8:34 p.m.

I like the practicality and also the excitement of his career choices, and his generosity to give back to the community by performing and talking about those choices he has made. What an impressive young man.