LEWISTON, Maine — Megan Ward, a Bangor High School sophomore, earned the title of 2013 Maine Games national anthem vocalist following last weekend’s competition in Lewiston at the Kora Shrine Temple.
The Maine Games held its seventh annual National Anthem Audition, at which Ward’s “traditional, powerful and heartfelt rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ in the first round of competition placed her in the top three finalists, along with Emily Ouellette of Fryeburg, and 10-year-old Kirstin Hahn from Wales,” according to a recent Maine Games press release.
In the end, Ward, 15, earned the title as well as the gold medal, while Ouellette earned the silver, with Hahn taking home the bronze.
As the winner, Ward has been presented with several opportunities to further her singing career with resume-enhancing performances, including June 1, at a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game at Hadlock Field, and at the 2013 Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic, on July 20, in Biddeford. Other performances will be scheduled throughout the year.
Just a few hours after winning this year’s audition, Ward was performing at the annual Kora Shrine Circus in Lewiston. She is planning on at least one more circus performance this coming week in Portland or Augusta, as well as a trip to South Portland and a recording session at Blue Wave Creative studios at the Portland Radio Group’s headquarters.