Believe it or not, the Holderness family’s wacky-ass holiday videos aren’t the only trending topic going viral from around here. There were many times this year, ranging from very silly to very serious, when people from the Triangle got their 15 seconds of social-media fame.


One of the most delightful viral videos of the year is a clip of 6-year-old Raleigh native Johanna Colon upstaging two other girls in a dance recital by shaking, shimmying and sassing it up to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” Viewed 22 million times since it hit YouTube, the video earned Colon a ticket to the daytime-TV circuit, where she showed off her moves on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.