Hundreds join Dakota High School student in singing of National Anthem

Students join fellow student in daily singing between classes

A video of hundreds of kids singing the National Anthem at Dakota High School is going viral for an excellent reason. You might not notice in the video player above how all the kids are singing along with one young man.

MACOMB, Mich. – A video of hundreds of kids singing the National Anthem at Dakota High School is going viral for an excellent reason.

What can be said about J.P. Spagnuolo? He may very well be the most popular kid at Dakota High School, and he loves to sing.

Spagnuolo had been singing for months between classes. Then one day a few weeks ago, he sang the National Anthem, and seven other students joined in.

“Every day, it started to grow and grow,” said Tracy Tomaszewski, Spagnuolo’s one-on-one at school.

“J.P. would just walk up and sing in front of people, and they all started doing it with him,” Tomaszewski said. “One day, he started singing the anthem and other students started following along with him.”

As more and more students joined the anthem every day, Tomaszewski started recording the sing along and sending the videos to Spagnuolo’s mother and father.

“It was the inclusion that made it so nice,” said his mother, Kelly Spagnuolo. “It was so nice that Dakota High School included him.”

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After two weeks of singing the National Anthem, the 400-500 students sang a different tune for J.P. Spagnuolo on Friday, Feb. 11.

The students found out that the boy’s birthday is on Saturday, Feb. 12, so they decided to serenade him with a birthday cheer by singing happy birthday.

See the full report in the video player above.


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