Saturday, December 7, 2019
Triton senior Taylor Young was given the chance to sing the National Anthem at President Trump’s Rally last week in Rochester.

Triton student given once in a lifetime opportunity at President Trump’s Rally

“ I feel humbled and blessed that I had the opportunity.” — Taylor Young

Thousands of students across Minnesota are singers but almost none of them can say that they sang the National Anthem for a Presidential Rally.

Triton senior, Taylor Young can after being selected to sing the National Anthem at the President Donald Trump Rally in Rochester last Thursday. 

“ I feel humbled and blessed that I had the opportunity,” Young said after singing in front of thousands of people. 

The process began for Young after her parents let Congressional Candidate Jim Hagedorn know that their family would be interested in volunteering with the event in any way and they also mentioned that Taylor is a singer. 

After checking out her clips they were forwarded to the MNGOP where they did more research on the Triton senior and eventually forwarded the application to the Special Assistant to the President, who reviewed her application which included a background check of both her and her mother, a thorough search of her social media accounts and reviewing clips of her singing. 

On the night of the rally she arrived early and was allowed back stage with all of the other speakers something that she called an unbelievable experience. 

While she was nervous before she made her way to the stage to sing in front of the sold out crowd Young explained that the different politicians treated her very well and with kindness backstage, which made her feel more comfortable. 

When she made her way to the stage she was still nervous but said that the nerves were set aside because of the positive atmosphere in the room which included the audience singing along with her. 

One of the things that Young was most impressed with is the fact that President Trump chose her to sing the National Anthem is because he likely could have had any big name star sing but instead picked a small town Minnesota girl to sing. 

Before he gave his speech President Trump was heard in the hallway saying that he doesn’t pick Hollywood stars to sing at his events and instead likes to choose the people to sing, something that stuck with the Young family. 

While Young is considering pursuing a degree in Pre Med or Psychology after high school she said that she hopes to continue singing in her future. 

“While it may be difficult to sing after high school I would love to.” 

Young has had a vast amount of experience in the world of singing. Beginning to sing when she could learn to talk she began singing in the church choir as soon as she was old enough and began with choir at school the first chance she had in middle school. 

She has also worked to advance her singing skills by taking voice lessons as well as piano lessons. 

Whether she sings in her future or not she experienced a once in a lifetime experience and did something that only a few people can say they did. 

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