NC High School Senior Finalist in National Anthem Scholarship Contest

Hayley Hall, an 18 year old senior at West Bladen High school in Bladenboro, NC was looking for scholarship opportunities and in an on-line search found FMC’s “Stand and be Heard” national anthem singing contest…it was a perfect fit explains Hall:

“I have been singing the National Anthem for events and sports teams for most of my life. I started singing when I was three and picked up the National Anthem when I was 8. When it came time to think about college and scholarships, I started seeking out where I could receive money from. I found this contest on line, and luckily I’m a 4H member and my mom works for the Cooperative Extension. I met all of the qualifications to apply.”
Finalist from the first round of the contest were determined by popular vote explains Hall:

“You had to record a video of yourself singing the Anthem and submitted it to the contest. Then you got all your friends and family to vote for you once per day. I reminded all of my people to go online each day to vote. I made the top twenty!”

Persuading and reminding friends and family paid off for Hall, she was selected as a finalist:

“The top 20 then went before a panel of judges. I was then selected for the top four for the whole nation. I got to take a trip to Nashville and work with the most amazing group of musicians and producers in the world. That has been the highlight of my music career.”

Once in Nashville, Hall and the other finalist were given the star treatment:

“We recorded at the House of Blues studio with producer Tom Davis who does sound for the Country Music Awards. They sat us down and asked us about our lives. Then we had a professional make up artist pretty us up to go into the studio and record our rendition of the National Anthem.”

Hall explains that as one of the three finalist, her $5,000 scholarship will go a long way towards her college education:

“I plan to major in medical technology. That involves either cardiology or oncology. The money I won, jump started my career. I encourage anyone who is eligible to compete, to do so. I would like to thank the CEO of FMC. He walked us through the whole process. The $5000 will help me immensely.”

West Bladen High School senior, Hayley Hall.


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