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Two vocal ensembles from The King’s Christian Academy in Callaway placed first in their respective categories at the Association of Christian Schools International Northeast Fine Arts Festival in Lancaster, Pa., on March 12.

The large ensemble, Voice of Hope, placed higher than 10 other schools with the performances of “The Battle of Jericho” by Moses Hogan and “He Watching Over Israel” by Felix Mendelssohn. The school’s small vocal ensemble tied for first place (competing in a category of 20 schools) with its performance of “All Creation Sings His Praise” by Tunney/Colvard.

The students in this smaller, nine-member group are Michaela Briggs, Rashad Briscoe, Sarah Havrilla, Connor Joy, Nathan Lindgren, Emilee Lowman, Bethany Poole, Jacqueline Vukmer and Natalie Zabiegalski. The Voice of Hope includes the small ensemble plus Shenia Allen, Amber Arnold, Cristina Barreto, Cale Benefield, Jennifer Burns, Kimberly Hemingway, Daniel Long, Ricardo McNutt, Roberto McNutt, Stephanie Miller, Victoria Miller, Catherine Padilla, Ben Richardson, Shamaia Sobola and Leyah Williams.

The annual ACSI Fine Arts Festivals are held regionally for member schools. This provides Christian schools and their students an opportunity to honor the Lord through demonstrated musical and artistic talents. Students may also compete in individual music and/or art presentations. Several KCA students received individual recognition at the festival. Soloists Sarah Havrilla, Connor Joy and Natalie Zabiegalski all received excellent ratings. The following students received recognition for their physical artwork: Hannah Aud, superior rating; Vego Jiang, one superior and one excellent rating; Chandler Parker, two superior ratings; Haley Salvo, excellent rating; and Rebecca Shaw, good rating.

Voice of Hope sings locally at nursing home, church, military and community events under the direction of Audrey Davies and accompanied by Meleah Shrout. The group’s spring concert will be hosted by Grace Chapel Ministries, located just off Route 5, north of Margaret Brent Middle School, in Helen, on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. Requests for the ensembles to perform may be made by contacting the school at 301-994-3080.