Rising Fawn Native Drill Sergeant Christiana Ball Is Finalist In Army Operation Rising Star Competition

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sgt. Christiana Ball, a native of Rising Fawn, and drill sergeant with Company B, 787th Military Police Battalion at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., has made it as one of the top three finalists in the Army’s Operation Rising Star competition.

Performances are slated for Thursday. The winner is scheduled to be announced Saturday. The public is encouraged to view and vote for their favorite performer. Unlimited online voting is available at www.OpRisingStar.com.

Sgt. Ball won first place at the local Fort Leonard Wood Operation Rising Star competition, and the post Garrison Command submitted her audition packet to the Army Installation Management Command headquarters, where a panel of judges reviewed Sgt. Ball’s video. She was selected to compete as one of 12 finalists at the Army competition.

Should Sgt. Ball win first place, she and a guest will receive an all-expense-paid trip to record a three-song CD. The trip includes airfare, lodging and three days of studio time at a professional recording studio and $1,000 spending cash. Professional studio time includes:  music arrangement, mixing, mastering, vocal coach, four musicians for one day, audio engineer and CD producer. The winning contestant will receive his or her own personal professionally recorded and edited CD. This CD is a demo CD and not intended for resale purposes; approximate retail value of this prize is $18,700.

The second-place winner will receive $1,000 cash, and the third-place winner will receive $500 cash.


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