The votes are in, and the winner of 11Alive’s “Oh Say Can You Sing” contest is official. The news station also announced the performer who will sing the national anthem before the Microsoft Peachtree Junior.
Atlanta Track Club and 11Alive whittled down all entries to five finalists for the main race and one for the kids run. Voting for both contests closed at noon Thursday, and we can now tell you who won.
Before the start of the world’s largest 10K on July 4th, 17-year-old Chris Robinson II will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
According to 11Alive, Chris has “an unwavering love for music.” The teen plans to be a pediatrician and incorporate music into his practice, saying it “can contribute to the healing process” of his patients.
There was only one choice for the kids’ contest, but that doesn’t make Rocco Gorelik’s selection any less impressive. The 13-year-old will perform the national anthem on July 3 before the Microsoft Peachtree Junior.
Nancy Clanton writes and edits stories of local interest about health, travel, events and entertainment. She also coordinates coverage and promotion of Pulse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's digital magazine for nurses in the Southeast. A native of Knoxville and graduate of the University of Tennessee, she has worked at the AJC for 22 years.