Noelle Goodson advances in anthem-singing contest 2013.07.03

Recent graduate Noelle Goodson sang the National Anthem at basketball games and other events many times whiles she was a student at Fayette High School. Now she’s singing with hopes of a college scholarship.

In May she entered the “Stand and Be Heard” Anthem Singing Contest sponsored by FMC Corporation. Three finalists each win a $5,000 college scholarship, an all-expenses-paid trip to Nashville for a recording session with professional music producer, and a recorded interview and performance on national television.

In order for Noelle to move on to the next stage of competition, she has to be among the top 20 vote getters nationwide. Judges will then determine the finalists.

Anyone with a valid e-mail address can vote once a day through July 14 by going online to:

Participants also need to show involvement in an agriculture-related club. Noelle worked for 4-H Camp Palmer and was active in the Fayette FFA school chapter.

She has a passion for singing and has performed at several local fairs and at her church. She plans to attend college in the fall at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Five finalists will advance from four regions of the country based on e-mail voting.