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Spike is pretty much the bravest character in the show. He knew he didn't have the first clue what the Cloudsdale Anthem sounded like; he knew he was going to absolutely super maximum fail; he knew that the eyes of literally an entire nation were on him and he had nowhere to hide; he knew he didn't have a chance in Tartarus of coming out of it with any shred of dignity left intact. And he went out there and sang that goddamn song the best he could anyway, because he had made a commitment, and By Lauren he was going to keep it. He was terrified and miserable and dying inside the whole time, and He. Kept. Singing.
How many other people in the show could have done that? How many people in the audience? He's a little kid with severe anxiety and near-crippling identity issues, and he kept singing.
Scootaloo's wings can clearly produce quite a bit of rearward thrust even if they're not much good for actual flight, which leads me to believe that she just has some kind of disability where her Pegasus flight/levitation magic doesn't work normally. Obviously, the proper solution is to get her a pair of artificial wings as an adaptive aid, and let her provide the thrust.
If they ever let the poor kid get her cutie mark in G4 they'll probably just do what they do for most Ponies who carried over from Previous Gens and give her the butterfly she had in G3.5, but I continue to hope that she'll get a flaming wheel (something like Wild Fire's) to symbolize her daredevil nature and mastery of the scooter. Just in case, though, here's a markless version.
Tumblr version here.