Before the Washington Wizards face the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday at the Verizon Center, the Crestwood Cavaliers chorus will take on “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of thousands of basketball fans and television cameras.

Thirty-seven Crestwood Middle School students were chosen to sing the national anthem a cappella after the group sent in a video audition, music teacher Tina Bruley said.

“It’s a good experience,” she said. “Anytime they audition, they get their names out there ... they’ve already started to progress and compete.”

They had to pick a performance date, so Bruley, who isn’t much of a sports fan, based her decision on big-name teams that she recognized. She landed on the 16-time NBA champion Lakers, home to superstars like Kobe Bryant, the now-retired Shaquille O’Neal and a slew of famous faces in the stands.

Still, Frederick students might get to see their nearby home team pull off a win. The Lakers are in last place in their division at 4-13, and the Wizards held the top of the southeast at a tenuous 11-5.

Crestwood had to sell 100 tickets to attend the game, and Bruley said 19 of the 37 children were sponsored by community members. A nearby Roy Rogers will provide dinner for the students.

Those in the elective class use the chorus period to rehearse, but Bruley said music is the least of their worries. In case of a snow day Wednesday, school bus transportation will be suspended and the group will need to find a way to get to Washington.

“We’ll pray for good weather and no cancellations,” Bruley said.

Tune in to the game at 7 p.m. on Time Warner Cable SportsNet or Comcast SportsNet Baltimore.

Apple honors Hood

Hood College will be recognized as an Apple Distinguished School on Dec. 16 by company representatives on campus, school spokesman Dave Diehl said in an email Monday.

The title is used for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and a clear vision for learning environments, school officials said in a Nov. 20 news release.

This is the fourth year that all undergraduates and faculty members were given iPads, after launching an initial pilot in 2011. Hood has since demonstrated ”innovative use of iPads and the application of technology in classrooms across nearly every discipline.”

New school board term begins

Frederick County’s Board of Education will swear in four members to a four-year term at 11 a.m. today. Those include newcomer Liz Barrett and incumbents Colleen Cusimano, April Miller and Brad Young.

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