The Singing Student Section


CHAOS performs the National Anthem.

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The Singing Student Section

Wifi problems, computer glitches, viruses. Technology issues have become a common part of life as technology becomes so prevalent. We rely on multiple forms of technology during our day, predominantly our cell phones and computers. Less used technology, such as recordings used during soccer matches can still be necessary. When our devices and recording fail us, we seldom have a backup plan.

On the evening of August 22, 2018, the North vs. East Girls Soccer match took place. Traditionally, a recording of The Star Spangled Banner is played before the game begins to honor our country. However, when the recording was supposed to be played for the varsity game, it would not come on. It took a few minutes of fiddling for an undiscovered solution before spectators realized there was a problem. As the issue became obvious to everyone there, Columbus North’s student section, known as CHAOS, took the problem into their own hands. Led by Senior Noah Algee, CHAOS performed the song vocally for all those present.

“It was awesome,” Principal David Clark says, “I can’t remember any moment where I think I was prouder of our Bull Dogs.”  In our classes and daily lives we are taught to respond to problems around us. Clark says that the students’ response to the issue was not expected, but was very appropriate. “They saw a situation and they reacted and responded in a very positive way,” Clark says. After the student section started singing, the rest of the crowd caught on. The song swept across the field as both schools, parents, and other audience members joined CHAOS in singing our National Anthem.

Clark was not the only person proud of CHAOS for their initiative. Senior Elise Whitley was there to play for the North’s varsity team. She says both North and East were huddled together for pregame activities when the song took place.Once the student section began to sing, Whitley says “I know that the whole team felt a lot of pride in that moment.”  She describes the situation as “slightly humorous and very humbling to hear.” Having your school sing for you and your team at one of the most anticipated games is not a usual occurrence. Despite everyone’s enjoyment of the performance the plan is still to use the recording for the rest of the games. After experiencing the wordless, music-only recording many times and hearing the song performed in a more intimate way Whitley has made a choice, “I prefer the singing.”