Trishna Helmick has been moving to bigger stages most of her life.
That progression will continue Monday, when the recent Bristol High School grad sings the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the Washington Redskins season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
"I'm very honored and excited to open for them," she said last week. "It's an experience I've been dreaming of ever since I was little."
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Trishna Helmick, a Bristol High School graduate, will sing the national anthem on “Monday Night Football.”
Trishna started singing the way many performers do in her church choir. As a member of Bristolville United Methodist Church, her first "gigs" were in the Christmas programs.
"It was quite funny, she was always a tiny child but we never had to mic her as she always sang loudly," her mother, Georgiana, said. "As she grew older, she sang solos, duets with her dad, and was a member of the church choir and praise team."
As her interest in singing grew, so did her appearances at other venues.
Trishna competed in the "American Idol" competition at the Eastwood Mall in Niles, placing in the top three. She also placed fifth in the Youngstown Superstar competition.
Along with singing competitions outside of school, her mother said Trishna was very active in music programs while at Bristol.
"Trishna started playing the flute in the fourth grade. She joined the women's choir in junior high and the high school choir, band and madrigals as a freshman. She performed solos, duets, and group songs for the annual choir dinner theater," Georgiana said.
Though the scale may be bigger, this isn't her first time kicking off a sporting event with song.
"She has performed the national anthem for both the Bristol High Schools boys and girls basketball games, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Sharon Speedway for the Russell King Memorial and the Boston Celtics," Georgiana said.
After attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, she moved to New York and signed with multi-platinum producer Andrew Lane, CEO of Drew Right Music International, a songwriter and record producer who's worked on "High School Musical" and with several other recording artists.
"I wanted to take everything to the next level, so I moved to New York and started networking," Trishna said. "Drew and I stumbled upon each other. I signed with him upon being there a year and a half."
Trishna's mother and father, Jack, share her excitement and said they look forward to traveling with her.
"Her dad and I are very proud. We've been waiting for her to make it big," Georgiana said. "We get to see the pre-game on the field and be there with her while she's performing."
Her performance will be staged in front of a "Monday Night Football" audience, which means a sold-out crowd of 91,000 as well as millions of viewers who'll be watching on ESPN.
She said she's very excited for the televised performance and what's to come after.
"It's a great opportunity, but there's so much I still want to do."
She is writing and recording her debut album and calls her style pop and R&B.