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AHS student sings National Anthem at Braves game

For the second time in her life, Andalusia High School junior Ella Kate Nichols sang the National Anthem in SunTrust Park before the Atlanta Braves’ game against the Washington Nationals, to raise money for childhood cancer research on Saturday.

“I had a really fun time,” Nichols said. “We got there about 2:30 p.m., and walked around and shopped. Then at 4:15 we had soundcheck. After that, we got to watch batting practice until the game started.”

This year she was not able to meet any players, but she said she wasn’t nervous at all to sing the National Anthem.

“I really wasn’t nervous this year,” Nichols said. “It was really amazing to sing though.”

Through the Rally Foundation, Nichols raised $2,600 for childhood cancer research.

“I think the best part of this whole thing was that it was for a good cause,” Nichols said. “Knowing that a lot of money is going toward childhood cancer research is a good feeling.”

Several people from the community made the trek to Atlanta to support Nichols.

“I had a bunch of my family come with me,” Nichols said. “As well as people from the community.”

Nichols said she would love to sing at a Braves game again if given the opportunity.

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures.