Locals sing their way into presidential politics


By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]



From left, Morgan Westmoreland, Graeson Pack, Shannon Pack and Christianna Pack pose for a picture before Tuesday’s Mike Pence rally in Greensboro.


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Graeson Pack meets Mike Pence at a rally in Greensboro.


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Christianna Pack take a picture with GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence.


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From left, Graeson Pack, Morgan Westmoreland and Christianna Pack pose for a picture before singing the Star Spangled Banner at Tuesday’s Mike Pence rally in Greensboro.


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GREENSBORO — A few local girls got the call to represent their nation in front of large crowds at the Greensboro Coliseum recently.

Local residents Graeson, 16, and Christianna, 17, Pack and Morgan Westmoreland, 17, have been singing together for about three years, and on Tuesday they got their biggest day on stage at a rally for Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence at the Greensboro Coliseum annex.

Morgan is from Clemmons, but the two Pack sisters are Mount Airy residents.

“The biggest difference was probably the number of people there,” said Christianna Pack, noting there were 400 to 500 people present at the rally.

Christianna said singing in front of people is nothing new for the three. The trio sings nearly weekly at area churches and has sung the Star Spangled Banner at Winston-Salem Dash games in the past. That stated, the Pence crowd was, by far, their largest audience.

Christianna said while the biggest difference may have been the crowd’s size, the most important difference in Tuesday’s appearance wasn’t the crowd.

“We were representing our country, God and the candidate we support,” explained Christianna.

Shannon Pack, mother of Graeson and Christianna, said the three got the opportunity through a friend from church. Mark Baker, a former Forsyth County Commissioner and current chair of the county’s GOP, asked the three to perform at the rally.

Baker attends Woodland Baptist Church in Rural Hall with the three, and the girls go to school at Woodland Baptist Christian School.

Christianna said the trio would have performed for any campaign, but it was an especially good opportunity since it was a Pence rally. The girls were even afforded the opportunity to briefly meet the vice presidential candidate, and posed for a picture with the Indianna governor.

Christianna said there were some nerves involved with singing in front of their largest crowd. However, the trio has a lot of experience singing together.

“We were really more excited than nervous,” noted Christianna.

Morgan said the entire night was quite the experience, and she left the rally having affirmed her support of Pence.

“During his speech he really impressed me because he’s not afraid to stand up for what he believes in,” said Morgan. “I 100 percent respect that.”

From left, Morgan Westmoreland, Graeson Pack, Shannon Pack and Christianna Pack pose for a picture before Tuesday’s Mike Pence rally in Greensboro.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_PenceRally1-1.jpgFrom left, Morgan Westmoreland, Graeson Pack, Shannon Pack and Christianna Pack pose for a picture before Tuesday’s Mike Pence rally in Greensboro. Submitted photo

Graeson Pack meets Mike Pence at a rally in Greensboro.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_PenceRally2-1.jpgGraeson Pack meets Mike Pence at a rally in Greensboro. Submitted photo

Christianna Pack take a picture with GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_PenceRally3-1.jpgChristianna Pack take a picture with GOP vice presidential candidate Mike Pence. Submitted photo

From left, Graeson Pack, Morgan Westmoreland and Christianna Pack pose for a picture before singing the Star Spangled Banner at Tuesday’s Mike Pence rally in Greensboro.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_PenceRally4-1.jpgFrom left, Graeson Pack, Morgan Westmoreland and Christianna Pack pose for a picture before singing the Star Spangled Banner at Tuesday’s Mike Pence rally in Greensboro. Submitted photo

By Andy Winemiller

[email protected]

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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