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There was no shortage of shouts, praise, and inspiration when high school and church choirs from the Chicago area filled the Ozinga Chapel with songs of worship during Gospel Fest Saturday evening, March 6.

The annual event, sponsored by the Organization of African American Unity, brought choirs from Curie, Homewood-Flossmoor, Harlan, and Thornwood high schools and Allen Metropolitan Church. Trinity freshman Anthony Reed (Richton Park, Illinois), the evening's master of ceremonies, encouraged the audience of nearly 300 people to avoid being silent observers and sing with the choirs. 

The lively, upbeat energy on stage sparked a celebration of God's goodness that enveloped the auditorium. Combining rhythmic hand-clapping and dancing, the groups sang contemporary and old-time gospel favorites such as "Let Everything That Has Breath Praise The Lord," "He's Not Dead," and "He's Been Good To Me." Sophomore soloist Jarita Steward opened the evening with "Glory, Glory" and the Trinity dance troupe closed with a praise routine accompanied by Kirk Franklin's "Now Behold The Lamb."

"Each of the choirs who performed sang well very," said sophomore Marlin Exton, president of the OAAU. "Jarita was the perfect person to get us started, and the dance troupe was fantastic. I think everyone had a wonderful time worshipping the Lord together, and God was truly blessed this evening."

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