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UJ’s break includes choir tour, Habitat for Humanity work

Spring break at the University of Jamestown traditionally includes travel and hard work, and 2017 is no exception. There is a Habitat for Humanity group that traveled to Sebring, Fla., to work with Highlands County Habitat For Humanity. Nick Good...

Spring break at the University of Jamestown traditionally includes travel and hard work, and 2017 is no exception.

There is a Habitat for Humanity group that traveled to Sebring, Fla., to work with Highlands County Habitat For Humanity. Nick Goodman and Liz Kapp are advisers and are accompanying the following group: Kim Bandy, Katie Brandt, Paulina Haak, Annabel Jiran, Brad Kapp, Becca Nord, Kyrie O’Connor, Abbie Simmons, Teagan Skunberg and Trista Steele.

While there, they have been doing whatever is needed, from actual construction work to cleanup.

Goodman said, “We do anything that needs to be done, from tiling roofs, to putting up ceilings, to cleaning up the site.” He added that none of the students had to know how to swing a hammer or use power tools.

“They are very accommodating and teach everything they need to know,” he said. “There’s something for every skill level. We work with a full-time contractor of Habitat and with ‘Care-avanners’ who are retired individuals that travel from site to site helping out.”

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Continuity is also part of the students’ payback. Goodman said they will get to join the family from last year’s HFH effort.

“This year, we also were invited by the family we built a house for last year to have dinner in the house we built,” he said. The HFH students are not the only UJ group that’s been on the road this week.

More than 50 University of Jamestown students are touring the eastern seaboard during spring break, making stops along the way at churches in eight states and doing 10 performances along the way. The University Choir, led by director

J. Aaron McDermid, have been on tour since Sunday.

They kicked off the preview performance in Fargo on Feb. 26 at Gethsemane Cathedral and stopped in Seabrook, N.H., on March 5 at the Seabrook Church of Christ in Stamford, Conn., then Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, and yesterday at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.

This evening, they will be in Philadelphia at the Church of the Holy Trinity. Friday the choir performs at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in people, and I am looking forward to spending time in some of our country’s most historic cities!”

The choir is made up of the following vocal parts and students:

First sopranos: Beth Champa, Meagan Cronin, Taylor Helgeson, Teresa Horton, Adrianna Klocke, Allison Leer and Lisa Ostmo.

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Second sopranos: Katianne Brockpahler, Biz Entzel, Hannah Hellman, Mary Joy, Courtney Martinson, McKaela Larson, Brittany McIntyre and Emily Ost.

Alto I includes: Victoria Goodale, Jocelyn Meidinger, Cacie Lloyd, Elise Opp, Megan Roller, Savannah Schafer, Shaina Schulte and Ellen Schnabel.

Alto II: ReeAnn Christiansen, Jana Lynch, Washington, D.C., followed on Saturday with a stop at Indian Creek Baptist Church at Mill Run, Pa.

Sunday’s destination will be at the Broadway UMC in Indianapolis and a stop at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse, Wis. The choir will give a free performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at St. James Basilica in Jamestown.

One of the sopranos, Allison Leer, said everyone in the choir looks forward to adding this tour to their college experience.

“I am excited for this tour,” she said. “I’ve never been to New England, but I have always wanted to travel there. It will be wonderful to share our music with many new Courtney Mahlum, Addison Olson, Alexis Martinson, Jayci McCrory and Madeline Stiles.

First tenor: Shane Chandler, Reuben Johnson, Nate Kopperud and Grant Linde.

Second tenors include: Hunter Carpenter, Matthew Heupel, Paul Kurtti and Gravy Wilford.

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Baritones include: Nick Helfrich, Zach Mikula, Benji Miller, David Satrom, Alphonse Schoeneberger and Lucas Shirley.

Bass voices are: Hunter Braunberger, Jacob Brownell, Alex Delzer, Reid Halvorson, Ryan Mastin, Holden Pieh, Sterling Severson and Drew Topp.

Of the choir, 19 are from Jamestown.

If anyone has an item for this column, please send to Sharon Cox, PO Box 1559, Jamestown, ND 58402-1559

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