SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A Texas high school student sang an impromptu rendition of the national anthem at a volleyball game after audio systems went down.
Marina Garcia, a Holmes High School senior and volleyball player, volunteered to sing the national anthem before her game due to technical difficulties with the sound equipment.
“We were about to stand for the national anthem as we noticed that the CD wasn’t working,” Garcia told KSAT 1. “I didn’t feel nervous. I felt like excited because I get to sing.”
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After her performance everyone in the gymnasium gave Marina a standing ovation.
“I honestly couldn’t ask for more. They all had smiles on their faces. Some of them teared up. Some of them had told me that they had the chills and just that feeling that I can give to people that emotion, that was so exciting,” she said.
Some one in the audience was able to capture the whole thing and sent it to the Northside Independent School District, whom tweeted the video, turning Marina into a viral sensation.
Marina’s performance comes at a time when there is much debate nationwide over the anthem and sports players kneeling during the song as a form of silent protest. For Marina, the anthem is very important to her.
“I have family members that were in the military that fought for freedom and just to see other people that don’t understand that is kind of offending to me but I understand it’s their opinion,” she said.