National Anthem Contest


The Nebraska Sports Council has conducted a state-wide competition to determine the singer of the Star Spangled Banner at the Opening Ceremonies, which will be held at Seacrest Field in Lincoln on Friday, July 21.

Contestants uploaded their audition videos to YouTube, where a judging panel determined five finalists. This was followed by online voting by the public, and the submission with the most "Likes" was considered the winner of the contest!

Our 2017 National Anthem Contest winner is Nathan Bonsall!

Nathan Bonsall is a 17-year-old living in Kearney, Nebraska. He is a junior at Kearney High School where he participates in music, speech, and theatre. He plans on pursuing a degree in musical theatre once he graduates, as he has been singing since he was 2 years old and thoroughly enjoys belting out any song he wants in his garage every night. He is very excited to be singing the National Anthem at the 2017 Cornhusker State Games!

Nathan will perform the National Anthem at the 2017 CSG Opening Ceremonies at Seacrest Field in Lincoln on Friday, July 21. He will also be recognized in the 2017 Nebraska Sports Council Souvenir Yearbook and on this page.

Important Dates:

July 21 – Contest Winner Performs National Anthem at the 2017 CSG Opening Ceremonies

2017 Finalists: Nathan Bonsall, Ava Gropp, Kristen Hoffart, Ali Marie Pluff, and Evan Wohlers.

2017 Winner: Nathan Bonsall, Kearney, NE

2016 Winners
Major Minor 3 Earns Right to Perform National Anthem 

McCook Trio Wins Statewide Contest

Cornhusker State Games (CSG) officials have announced Major Minor 3 as the CSG 2016 National Anthem Contest winner.  The group will perform the Star Spangled Banner at the CSG Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 15 at Lincoln’s Seacrest Field.

Major Minor 3 is a vocal trio from McCook, Nebraska. Members include Shelby Stevens, 16; Riley Rambali, 17; and Tyler Rambali, 20.  The group earned more than 900 Facebook likes for their YouTube audition video. 

Other finalists in the statewide search, which was sponsored by Amigos/Kings Classic, included runner-up CVC Men’s Chorus,  Ex Amino Quartet, the Nebraska Men’s Christian Chorus and the Accidentals. The top five videos were chosen for the public-voting phase on the CSG Facebook page. 


2015 FINALISTS: David Ehrke, Alma, NE; Teena Handline, Glen Mills, PA; Jaden Nandkeshwar, Layton, UT; Andrew Portnoy, Austin, TX; Marlana VanHoose, Denver, KY

2015 WINNER: David Ehrke, Alma, NE



2014 FINALISTS: Britan Blair, Ord; Kaitlyn Ericson, York; Nanette Jansen, Pierce; Sheina Reagan, Stratton; Ether Saure, Lincoln; Jessica Vogt, Omaha

2014 WINNER: Ether Saure, Lincoln



2013 FINALISTS: Lindsay Ahrens, Omaha; Payton Eyler, Fremont; Wade Kendle, Lincoln; Abby Nelson, Lincoln; Nathan Schreiter, Hallam

2013 WINNER: Payton Eyler, Fremont



2012 FINALISTS: Emily Wood, Blair; Nathan Schreiter, Hallam; Jessica Poskochil, Bennet; Abigail Nelson, Lincoln and Laynee Woodward, Minden.

2012 WINNER: Laynee Woodward



2011 WINNER: The Bathtub Dogs