Kindergartener performs national anthem

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 5, 2019

 Olivia Scally, 5, of Macomb Township, sings the national anthem prior to the May 24 United Shore Professional Baseball League game in Utica. She is a kindergartener at Parkway Christian School in Sterling Heights.

Olivia Scally, 5, of Macomb Township, sings the national anthem prior to the May 24 United Shore Professional Baseball League game in Utica. She is a kindergartener at Parkway Christian School in Sterling Heights.

Photo provided by Karen Scally

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Five-year-old Olivia Scally, of Macomb Township, recently had the thrill of her young life.

Prior to the May 24 United Shore Professional Baseball League game, Scally sang the national anthem at Jimmy John’s Field in Utica.

It was the first time the kindergartener performed in a public setting, outside of church or school, where she attends Parkway Christian School in Sterling Heights.

She auditioned at the Mall at Partridge Creek before the season, marking her second audition after initially trying last year.

“She’s been singing since she was around 2,” Olivia’s mother, Karen Scally, said. “She’s quite a musical girl who also plays piano. She’s been taking lessons for that for over a year.”

During sound check, Karen said Olivia was a little nervous but was comfortable for the real deal.

“Everybody on staff at USPBL was supportive,” Karen said. “They made her feel comfortable and were excited for her. They do such a fantastic job of making it such a family-friendly place to visit. It’s great they get the community so involved.”   

USPBL Marketing Manager Scott MacDonald said the league normally doesn’t have kids sing on Friday nights, due its popularity.

“He told me beforehand that Olivia received a high score from the judges during auditions this year,” Karen said.

Given that Olivia performed the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, her mom shared the significance of that with her.

“It was a great teaching opportunity as she was learning the lyrics,” Karen said. “We were telling her what the story behind it was and why it’s so important to our country.”

Karen said Olivia is scheduled to perform the anthem prior to a naturalization ceremony to kick off SterlingFest July 25 at the Sterling Heights Public Library.

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