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Star-Spangled Banner gets angelic touch

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Last week, one of Granite Park’s eighth grade students, Angel Torres, performed the national anthem (Star-Spangled Banner) at the April 12 Bees vs. River Cats game at Smith’s Ballpark.

I was honored to attend this amazing event; watching Torres from behind home plate singing in front of a crowd of hundreds was a unique perspective.

Yesterday, I interviewed Torres about her experience.

Granite Park Gazette: What was your initial reaction when being asked to sing?

Angel Torres: “I felt kind of confused, ‘cause I’ve never had an opportunity like that before. I had mood swings for a while.”

GPG: Who was the first person you told about this?

AT: “We told Principal Stirland first. It was the most convenient.”

GPG: What did your parents think about it?

AT: “[My mom] was like, ‘wow, that’s amazing’ and was very excited for me. She kept saying motivating things to me.”

GPG: How did you feel when you arrived at the stadium?

AT: “I was, like, very excited at first, but then it went away. I was more focused on the song than the people around me.”

GPG: What did you feel during your performance?

AT: I wasn’t really feeling anything. I was imagining myself somewhere else–like in front of a big audience with lights on me and everything.”

GPG: When the singing was over, how were you feeling?

AT: “I was happy and excited, but I feel I could’ve done better.”

GPG: Why do you feel you could have done better?

AT: “Yeah, the way I started was too fast.”

Torres added: “Singing is my escape to somewhere else. It doesn’t matter where it is.”

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4 Responses to “Star-Spangled Banner gets angelic touch”

  1. Teresa Ruiz on April 25th, 2017 8:09 pm

    Beautiful!!!❤ Great job Angel! I love you so much!

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  2. Thaw Oo on May 1st, 2017 10:28 am

    Congratulations on singing at the game! You have a great voice! Are you going to sing for at any other events?

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  3. kayden on May 22nd, 2017 10:29 am

    she has a really nice voice

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  4. Jaymie Negrete on May 22nd, 2017 10:35 am

    Great job Angel! I love your voice

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