Greencastle teen wins concert trip, meeting with Justin Bieber

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Jenna Callis gets to meet her heartthrob next week. She and a friend will see Justin Bieber in two concerts in the United Kingdom, and attend a meet and greet for the pop star.

It pays to listen to the radio on your cell phone. Jenna Callis, 18, won the trip of her dreams by tuning in to a Washington D.C.-based station. She entered a contest and won not one, but two prizes.

Callis, a 2012 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School, first listened for a key word, which turned out to be "dinner", and then texted it at the right time to the right number. She won $1,000 and was automatically entered into the next level of the "Go International With Justin Bieber" contest. Sure enough, her name was picked for the grand prize, and she was notified by voice mail last week.

"Somehow God blessed me and I won," she said.

She was working at the drive-up window of Susquehanna Bank in Greencastle as a customer service representative when she checked her messages.

"Oh my goodness," she screamed, and ran to her boss. She hoped it was not a prank, and the voice certainly sounded like that of a deejay.

The win was confirmed with Callis the recipient of a trip for two to Dublin, Ireland and Manchester, England to see Justin Bieber in concert on Feb. 18 and 19. She is bringing her best friend and classmate, Tache Smothers.

The two will fly first class, ride in a limousine for ground transportation, spend three nights in hotels, and receive spa treatments and makeovers. But that is all frosting to the real prize - premium tickets to both of the Canadian pop idol's concerts, and entrance to a meet and greet session at the Dublin arena.

Callis' family and co-workers are excited for her.

"I talk about him all the time."

And what does she love about "the Bieb", who is two days younger than her?

"Everything."

Ironically, Callis did not become a fan until she saw "Never Say Never", a biographical movie, last summer. It helped her understand the singer's rough beginning in life. She liked him also because he had matured and cut his hair, which made him "super cute."

She saw him in concert in Washington D. C. in November, but sat far from the stage. When most of the fans left the venue, she hung around, and eventually saw his tour bus pull away.

"I ran after it for two blocks. He peeked out the window. I saw his face. I have it on video."

Callis has a Bieber t-shirt, cell phone cover and wrapping paper. The Bieber paper was her Christmas gift. She knows the words to all of his songs and can play them on the piano.

Contest officials required her to set up a Twitter account so she can tweet pictures of her visit with him. The crooner's own Twitter account has over 33 million viewers.

Callis is anxious for her moment with Justin Bieber. "I don't know what I'll say."