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UPDATE: 9-Year-Old's Anthem Astonishes Badger Fans

By: Phil Levin Email
By: Phil Levin Email

UPDATED Monday, November 14, 2011 --- 10:00 a.m.

To see Skylar's entire performance, click on the video link ABOVE marked "VIDEO: Skylar Stecker: National Anthem Entire Performance"

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Posted Saturday, November 12, 2011

Madison's Skylar Stecker is only nine years old but standing at center stage in the Kohl Center she stands tall.

On Saturday night she became just the second singer of the national anthem at a badger hockey game in at least a decade.

"I like it when people can hear my voice because when I sing I feel confident and I like that feeling," said Stecker.

Her voice is a talent her parents only found out about a few months ago when she signed up for a school talent show.

"She's always singing, she's always dancing, she's always been showing us that new song that she's been working on," said her mother Kara.

As she prepares for her pregame performance it reminds her dad of his game days. Aaron Stecker ran in the NFL and for the Badgers.

"From playing at the professional level and playing in college I've been in front of a lot of fans but once she gets out there it feels like a game day for me, my heart races and I feel good," said Aaron. "I just want her to do the best job that I know she possibly can do."

But Skylar isn't saving her performances just for Badger fans. She performs for charities and recorded Christina Aguilera's "Believe" for a cause close to her heart, Wheelchairs for Kids.

"Beautiful the song means that you don't care what other people say about you, you have to know that you're good in the inside and you're beautiful no matter what," said Skylar.

"If we have a talent we need to give back," said her mom Kara. "That's what life is all about, and I want Skylar to always implement her gift to help other people throughout her whole life."

For more information on Wheelchairs for Kids visit the link below.


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