Sunday, September 26, 2021

Blue Ridge takes on the National Anthem

By: Kaelin Hughes/Junior Writer

On Thursday, October 10th, the high school choir shined as they performed the national anthem at a Binghamton Devils hockey game. At the beginning of this year, Ms. Zakarauskas approached the chorus students with the idea of singing at a game, and naturally, they were quick to jump on board with it.

Students went to the Oakdale Mall to eat dinner before arriving to the arena for the game. After performing, the students stayed and watched the game, and luckily, the Devils won.

When being asked about the chorus’ performance, Ms. Zakarauskas bubbled with joy, stating she “loved how our patriotism was shown through our singing.”

The students were approached again after the game, and a question was raised about if they’d like to perform at another game next year. Like the first time they were asked, the students were ecstatic and were quick to say yes.

“My experience was fun. I enjoyed being able to sing the national anthem, and yelling from the excitement of the game.” says senior Hailey Tripp.

Personally, I enjoyed the experience of going out to eat with friends, and singing the national anthem in public for the first time. (It wasn’t THAT nerve racking.) I love watching hockey, and from what I had seen and heard, many students loved it too.

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Breanna Derrick
Breanna Derrick is in her Second Year of Journalism working hard at helping lead the class, and teach new students how to figure out the way of journalism in its self. Through her life she has always been labeled as the Dramatic child, from not being the best in the classroom to working hard to be one of the better at the way of life she admires. Breanna has always loved the spotlight and has always dreamed to be something in the show business industry. When she went to her job shadow at Magic 101.7 in Endicott New York Breanna feel in love with the feel of being on the radio. She is working hard to find a college that will help her achieve this goal and is very excited for the next step in her life being a senior and all. She is now the Content and News Manager of the Raider Reader.


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