Don't let the bows in her hair fool you.
Jane Fusco, 11, of Ross has more courage than most grown-ups can imagine. In fact, most adults would probably quiver at the thought of singing in front of a crowded room, let alone a ballpark of more than 30,000 people.
Jane embraced the challenge.
Her name might sound familiar to those at the Pirates game on July 3 -- she performed the "Star-Spangled Banner" at PNC Park to the delight of those in attendance.
And instead of letting nerves get the best of the St. Teresa of Avila sixth-grader, Jane turned her anxiety into an asset. She considered the patriotic clothing she was wearing and belted out the lyrics she'd been practicing multiple times per day for months, surrounded by 60 of her family and friends.
She received a rousing ovation.
"I was a little nervous, and I hoped I could make that nervousness into something that was good energy and would help me," she said. "I coped with the pressure by just thinking about what the words really mean and how many people have died for our country to have freedom."
Her mother, Cindy Fusco, said she decided to take Jane to audition for the opportunity just for fun.
The Pirates host the Oh Say Can You Sing competition during their fan fest each winter -- a contest open to children and adults.
Competitors are asked to sing a holiday carol of their choice a cappella for a panel of judges. The panel then passes out 10 "golden tickets" throughout the day for an invitation to sing again in the finals.
Mrs. Fusco said Jane was happy to even make it to the finals considering the talent of her competition. She then went on receive a perfect score of 30 points from the panel of judges -- retired Pirates pitcher Kent Tekulve and current players Michael McKenry and A.J. Burnett.
Usually only one person moves on from the final round to sing at PNC Park, but this year, Jane and three adults were selected, Mrs. Fusco said.
"We are very grateful to the Pittsburgh Pirates," Mrs. Fusco said. "Everyone there has been so wonderful and supportive of Jane. They created a very special memory that she will have for the rest of her life."
Even though she is only 11, Jane is already used to the limelight. Mrs. Fusco said her daughter loves to perform and really lights up when on stage.
Mrs. Fusco said Jane dances, is a cheerleader and plays the piano and drums in the school band. She also swims on the Brook Park Manorays swim team during the summer.
This wasn't the first time Jane performed the national anthem in public. Mrs. Fusco said Jane is known for performing the number at home swim meets.
Jane could have a career as a singer, but she said she is considering other paths, such as meteorology.
"No matter what job I have, I want to be able to use my stage presence and confidence," she said.
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