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Old Glory, New Voices

By John Published: February 15, 2010

I had a busy Saturday, which started out at Summit Mall watching people sing the Star-Spangled Banner in an "American Idol" sort of competition to book singers this summer for home ball games of the Akron Aeros and Akron Racers. See the story in the Sunday Akron Beacon Journal here.

The DeBord children of Plain Township, who perform under the name RELM (first initial of each of singer) impressed the judges, although nobody yelled out "You're going to Akron!" (They're deciding on finalists this week). Raegan and Logan go to Glenwood Middle School. Evan and Mason go to Warstler Elementary School.

Here they are singing at the national anthem at the  Malone University v. Houghton University basketball game  on January 26:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rQFf-aXKOc

Jane Brunn from Streetsboro sang, followed by her 10-year-old daughter, Kate, who goes to Valley Christian Academy in Aurora. Kate's performance was all the more remarkable because she has Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that makes her hands twitch. Here's Kate's mother, hitting the high note in the National Anthem. Kinda makes you want to yell "Play ball!"

Video by Akron Beacon Journal education reporter John Higgins

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