TREVORTON — The Line Mountain Elementary chorus class will sing the National Anthem at the first Big Ten home game for Pennsylvania State University men’s basketball team.
On Tuesday, before the Nittany Lions take on Indiana University, 51 fourth-grade students under the direction of music instructor Diane Rompallo will perform in front of thousands of fans in the Bryce Jordan Center. It’s the fifth season in a row that the district elementary students have been invited to sing.
“I’m a little nervous. Everybody is going to be watching me,” said Reagan Boyer, 9, the daughter of Kelly Boyer, of Trevorton, and Michael Boyer, of Dalmatia.
Reagan said she loves to sing with her friends, and is excited to go to new places and watch the game with her friends.
Rompallo said the students learn the National Anthem starting in third grade.
“It’s a great experience for the kids,” she said. “The first time that we went, we said it was a once in a lifetime experience, and now it’s turned into a tradition. It’s a great recruitment tool for chorus. They’re all very excited, and every year we hope to be invited again.”
With 13 chaperones, the students will be given a tour of the campus from the Lion Ambassadors, visit the Penn State Berkey Creamery and take photographs with the Nittany Lion statue.
“I’m glad we can give them this opportunity to perform at such a huge venue,” said Principal Jeanne Menko.
In past years, the students went to sing in February, but were snowed out twice and had to reschedule. This year, they were invited to sing in the early season, Menko said.
As of Thursday, Penn State is 4-2 overall, and Indiana is 5-2 overall.
The game will be shown on the Big Ten Network. It starts at 7 p.m.