Lancaster – Cassi Ebright still can’t believe it. When the Ohio University Lancaster freshman got a call last week to sing the national anthem at a special event, she had no idea that she would be singing for the Vice President of the United States.
Ebright was selected by Lancaster Campus Theatre Director A. Victor Jones to sing at a Joe Biden campaign rally in Fairfield County on Sunday.
“He called me and another girl. She didn’t call him back and I called him and told him I could do it,” said Ebright. “Mr. Jones told us that they asked for an incredible singer and I came to his mind. I can’t believe he gave me that opportunity.”
Ebright is a Theatre student from Canal Winchester and said once she learned that she was singing at a campaign event for the vice president, she was stunned.
“I thought it was crazy. That is just like a once in a lifetime thing. It was really exciting,” said Ebright. “But, I was terrified. This is the song that everyone in the U.S. knows. If I ruin it everyone is going to know.”
However, she didn’t ruin it. Ebright sang one of the most difficult songs with grace and dignity. The crowd even sang along with her.
“Cassi has a beautiful voice,” said Jones. “She was great and I was really proud of her.”
Ebright wasn't the only Ohio University Lancaster student to use her talents during a campaign rally this presidential election season. On Wednesday, October 17, Kayla Starr, a Lancaster Campus practicum student in the Deaf Studies and Interpreting program, also had the opportunity of a lifetime.
Starr and her instructor, Lorraine Rogers, provided sign language interpreting services for President Barack Obama during a campaign rally in Athens. The rally attracted a crowd of approximately 14,000 people. After interpreting, both ladies were escorted behind stage to have a private meet and greet with the president.
"I have been interpreting many years and have never had an opportunity like this. This will be something that we will both remember forever," said Rogers.