Army entertainment announced Sgt. Christiana Ball, a native of Rising Fawn, and drill sergeant with Company B, 787th Military Police Battalion here, as the Army’s Operation Rising Star winner on Saturday.
Sgt. Ball competed against 11 other finalists to be named the top singer across the United States Army.
Sgt. Ball said when they announced her as the winner, she just froze. “I immediately thought about all those people who stayed up (watched and voted for me),” she said. “I was excited, and it was great.”
As the first-place winner, Sgt. Ball and a guest 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. Sgt. Ball will also receive her own personal professionally-recorded and edited CD. This CD is a demo CD and not intended for resale purposes. The approximate retail value of this prize is $18,700.