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Monroe College Holds National Anthem Auditions

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – New Rochelle High school student, Dymond Crewz, strutted to the center of Monroe College’s Olympic Room reception hall this weekend to audition for the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the college’s home sporting events.

“My dad just passed away so it’s really special to me,” said Crewz. “I just want to sing. I just want to do anything I can.”

Crewz also sang the national anthem at New Rochelle High School’s Homecoming Pep Rally last Friday before the Huguenots football team battled the Scarsdale Raiders that night.

The aspiring singer is also in the gospel choir at her church in Queens. She is also involved at New Rochelle’s Bennett Academy of Performing Arts.

Monroe College Director of Sports Development and Information Gary Axelbank said audition decisions will be made by 1 p.m. Friday on the school's website . Criteria will be based on the sound of each participant’s voice and general singing ability.

The college hopes to have multiple singers perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” for a variety of sporting events in its new 450,000 square foot, 1200 seat area, including Monroe home games, invitational tournament games, region tournament games, high school games, and other happenings through the middle of March 2012. “We have the opportunity that we’re able to include the community,” Axelbank said.

Singers will also be able to sing the national anthem prior to large crowds on hand to watch the defending NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Champion Mustangs and, NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Tournament Third-Place team.

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