Summer GamesAnthem Contest

2015 National Anthem Contest



Win a Chance to Sing in Front of 6,000 people!
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Voting Details:
  • Voting is now OPEN until April 30th at 10:00 pm.
  • Follow this link National Anthem Contest Facebook Group to view the videos and vote.
  • You must become a member of the group to vote.
  • Once you are a member, vote for your favorite using the question at the top of Facebook page.
  • Open to individuals residing in the state of Michigan. 
  • Contest is open to individuals only. (No groups)
  • Amateur performers only- any singer that is paid will not be eligible.
  • Entry must be sung a cappella. The performance at the games will also have to be sung a cappella.
  • Entries must be a YouTube or Vimeo video.
  • Entries must include the following information to be accepted:
            1) Name    2) Age    3)Hometown    4) Phone #    5) Email
  • A judging panel will determine 3 finalists that Facebook fans will vote on.
  • Finalist’s videos will then be posted on the State Games of Michigan Facebook page in order to   gain likes.
  • Links to watch the videos on the Meijer State Games of Michigan Facebook page will also be posted on the following Twitter page: @StateGamesofMI
  • The video with the most 'likes' after the final day of voting (at 10:00 p.m. on April 30th) will be named the contest winner.
Contest Winner Rules:
  • Winner earns the right to perform the National Anthem live at the Meijer State Games of Michigan Opening Ceremonies on: Friday, June 26th, 2015 located at Fifth Third Ballpark, Comstock Park.
  • Winner will be recognized in the E-Newsletter that reaches all participants past and present of the state games.
  • Winner will also be recognized on the Meijer State Game’s website and social media.
  • Winner must be able to attend the Meijer State Games of Michigan Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 26th at Fifth Third Ballpark.
  • Free lodging will be provided the night of the Opening Ceremonies if the winner lives more than 50 miles from Grand Rapids.
How to Enter:
  • Contestants must create an audition video that has been uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and submit a link to the video by April 10th at 11:59 p.m. to:
  • Contestants must put ‘I Can Sing’ in the Subject line of the email.
  • There is no cost to submit your video.
Important Dates:
  • March 19th: Contest Begins! 
  • April 10th: Submission deadline. (3 weeks to submit)
  • April 17th: Top 3 Finalists Announced (1 week to judge)
  • April 17th-April 30th @ 10:00 pm : Public may vote ‘like’ for the best National Anthem submission. The video with the most 'likes' wins the contest. (2 weeks to vote)
  • May 1st: Winner determined and contacted. (1 day after voting ends)
  • June 26th: Winner will get to perform the National Anthem at the Meijer State Games of Michigan Opening Ceremonies at Fifth Third Ballpark!
  • Contact Alex Harmon, Event Operations, Meijer State Games of Michigan at  or call 616-233-3565
2014 Winner
Elise Ghattas

Elise Ghattas
Age: 21
Hometow: Flint, Michigan
Elise is a graduate from Kearsley High School in Flint, MI and - even more recently - a graduate of the University of Michigan.  Elise graduated this spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies, and a minor in Music.  Throughout her four years at Michigan, she was a member of Gimble A Cappella, one of the University's co ed A Cappella groups.  Elise plans to move to Washington DC in the fall to pursue a career in foreign policy. Elise would like to extend a huge thank you to her family and friends for all the support! 


Top Three Finalists and the final tally of votes:

  • Elise Ghattas          591
  • Haley Marentette    577
  • Colin Tobin             147

Previous National Anthem Winners:

2013: Lauren St. Andre