The Billings Outpost

Belt girls sing anthem at Big Sky State Games

The fifth annual Big Sky State Games National Anthem contest winners are 18- and 16-year-old sisters Josie and Johanna Stinson, and 17-year-old Melody Highfill from Belt.

Josie says when she received word they won the contest she and her sister were on vacation and “freaked out.” They called Melody, who was also very excited to be chosen to sing at this year’s Opening Ceremonies.

Josie, a recent high school graduate, Johanna and Melody attend Belt High School. They sang in their school’s choir together and decided to pair up for this contest. While they all enjoy singing, they didn’t want to face the crowd alone.

The girls like listening to the popular music on

the radio today. They also enjoy the bands Bastille and Imagine Dragons, whose songs they sang with their school at their year-end concert.

Outside of the singing realm, all three girls are athletes too. Basketball is a sport they have in common and Josie and Johanna also participate in golf and volleyball. The girls say they are very appreciative of everyone who voted for them.

The National Anthem contest began in April. Over the course of six weeks contestants posted a video of themselves singing the National Anthem to You Tube or Facebook. A panel of professional judges together chose the top five singers, and voting for the winner was open to the public May 9-16.  

Josie, Johanna, and Melody will sing the national Anthem at the 29th annual Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 18, at Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium in Billings.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the Parade of Athletes begins at 7:30 p.m.

To register for the Big Sky State Games visit or call (406) 254-7426 for more information.

Big Sky State Games Major Sponsors are Kampgrounds of America, First Interstate Bank, Scheels, and BlueCross BlueShield of Montana. Wendy’s sponsors opening ceremonies.

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