Friday, February 4, 2011

From BA to Fenway, Student Finalist to Sing at 2011 Red Sox Game

Sixth grade Berwick Academy student Sarah Khan of Sanford, Maine recently earned a spot as a finalist for the “Coca Cola Sing Your Way to Fenway” competition. An avid Red Sox fan and accomplished singer at school, Sarah beat out many hopefuls to become one of 12 finalists to compete at Fenway Park for a chance to sing the National Anthem during a 2011 Red Sox home game.
Sarah’s talent and passion for singing are attributed to her education and training at Berwick Academy. Since kindergarten, Sarah has remained involved with the arts as an avid singer, dancer, pianist and violin player. She has worked extremely hard to stay an active honors student and continues to develop her singing talents with the help of her BA voice coach Tina Murphy. Sarah’s parents Dr. M. Amir Khan and Dr. Naila Aslam-Khan are extremely proud of their daughter and appreciate everything Berwick Academy has done for Sarah to make her such an eligible candidate for this competition. Sarah’s mother Naila commented, “Basically, her whole musical background is from Berwick. I think the culture of creativity and the warm encouraging environment at school has given her a place to explore and grow as both a musician and student.”
Sarah is familiar with singing for audiences at Berwick Academy and in the community. Most recently, she performed at BA’s annual Winterfest for the Arts, in which the School’s most talented artists are chosen to participate. This fall, Sarah sang the National Anthem before the start of the first Boys’ Varsity Soccer game on Berwick’s new turf field for Blue and White Weekend. In November, Sarah played the lead of Jasmine in the Middle School musical production of “Aladdin.” Additionally, she is a new member of the Pease Greeters, a group that sings “God Bless America” and welcomes the troops who are returning from overseas flights at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, NH.
As a finalist, Sarah has been given the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at a Portland Seadogs game this summer. Sarah is an amazing talent and the entire Berwick Academy community wishes her the best of luck as she continues on in this competition.
Photo caption: Sarah Khan ‘17 sings the national anthem for the BA community at this year’s fall Blue and White Weekend. (Courtesy photo)