ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Singing the National Anthem is an awesome experience at any age.
Since Wednesday is CBS 11 Weather Day at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington, a North Texas student will be singing it before the game.
Destani Wilson is a senior at North Forney High School, one of the schools affected by the recent tornadoes. And as discovered during a recent choir class, Destani has a voice you may never forget.
“When you told me who you were looking for,” said North Forney High School choir director, Michael Hitt, “Destiny’s voice came to mind. It’s a dark, rich, sound.”
“I would love to be an opera singer when I grew up,” explained the bright-eyed, energetic Wilson.
“When Mr. Hitt told me I could do it, I was a bit surprised. Other students had made it all the way to all State, and I haven’t done that. It was a really big shock.”
Wilson, who also dances on the drill team and plays the viola, says she did not discover her love for singing until middle school, when her mom made her join the choir.
But others have since discovered her.
The mezzo soprano just earned a two-year, full scholarship to a nearby community college. Destiny will be the first on both sides of her family to go to college.
“When I’m singing, I feel like I can do anything,” said Wilson. “Like I don’t have a care in the world. Everything goes away in that moment.”
So has she thought about this National Anthem performance being only the beginning of bigger and better things beyond high school?
“It’s pretty much the highlight of anything that could happen to me,” answered Wilson. “So I haven’t thought past it. I’m just thankful for what’s going on right now.”