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College World Series: Millard singers excited to see their National Anthem performance

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 4:53 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The College World Series announced earlier this year that all National Anthem performances would be shown virtually at TD Ameritrade Park.

The organization received nearly 150 submissions from 27 different states, and a panel of judges whittled that down to just a handful of performers. Among them: An all-male a cappella group from Millard North called Northern Lights.

”We’re really excited, this is one of the biggest things we have done thus far,” student director Fodjo Kanmogne said.

Northern Lights was started back in 2018. Simply put, it’s a group of guys who love to sing.

“We’re a fully student-led group so it’s just students doing what students want to do, which is a great opportunity to do some stuff outside of normal school,” said Christian Lund, the manager of Northern Lights. “This year, we sang at a lot of events downtown and midtown and we do a lot of things that help us get a feel for what a real, professional group would be like.”

“We made our motto junior year “Let the light of Your Voice Lead the Way,” which we think is inspirational and really hits to what we like to do,” Kanmogne said.

The group had planned to audition to sing the National Anthem at the College World Series in 2020, but the tournament, like nearly everything else, was canceled because of COVID-19.

With the CWS back in full swing this year, Northern Lights got to work.

“It was kind of short-timing with us finding out about the auditions, so it was quick work to get everyone to film their video really quickly and put it together, but everyone was very willing and wanted to do it badly, so we got it done,” said Kanmogne.

“It ended up being accepted and we were able to get a huge honor of singing at the College World Series,” Lund said.

Over the years, Northern Lights has performed on stages all over the city, but they feel like this showing will be their biggest yet.

“This has definitely been our best year so far in the 4 years it’s been making, and it’s all culminating to get bigger and better and bigger and better, and we’ve just done so much this year this is just the cherry on top,” said Kanmogne.

Both Lund and Kanmogne graduated this year, along with three other seniors, but they hope Northern Lights will continue to audition for the CWS National Anthem in the years to come.

The National Anthem performed by Northern Lights will be shown at the start of the 1 p.m. game on Friday, June 25. Other local groups that have performed so far include the Creighton Prep Chamber Choir and the Boys Town Choir. National singers come from Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, and one was a finalist on season 3 of The Voice.

Keep up with Northern Lights via their social media accounts: Find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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