Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Not that long ago Savannah Kessler was a shy little girl, but on May 4 she belted out the national anthem in front of a large crowd at Joe Riley Stadium in Charleston.
Kessler, a 13-year-old Rollings Middle School of the Arts student, sang in front of her biggest crowd to date prior to that day’s Charleston RiverDogs game. After a pitch-perfect performance, the smiling youth received a standing ovation from the fans.
Naturally, her family and friends were there to support her. After her father presented her with a bouquet of flowers, she thanked everyone for their support.
Her sister, Shelby Kessler, 18, was her first inspiration and helped her overcome her timidness. When Shelby practiced for her part in the Devon Forest chorus, Savannah practiced along with her.
As the years passed, Savannah too became a member of that same school chorus.
However, that was just the start of an amazing journey for Savannah.
After she moved to Summerville and nailed her audition for the Rolling School of the Arts, Savannah started to really shine. Rollings faculty members recommended she try out for the honor of singing the anthem for the RiverDogs so she did and was selected.
The RiverDogs, a Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, hosted auditions for those wishing to perform the Star Spangled Banner on March 6 and March 19.
The organization typically has many qualified performers available for home game dates so being selected is quite an honor.
“This is one of our more popular events of our off-season, and reminds us all that the baseball season is fast approaching,” RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols told riverdogs.com. “Our National Anthem tryouts always draw a large number of talented individuals and groups.”