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Trollstock: A Diverse Display of Trinity Talent

Complete with stage lights and judges’ feedback, the competition at Trollstock was tight and the excitement high. Students, staff, and friends of the College gathered in the Ozinga Chapel for the annual student talent show held Saturday, October 3.

Acts ranged from contemporary remakes of popular songs to original rap to salsa dancing and more. Emcees Katie Alberda ’12 of Manhattan, Montana, and Dan Thayer ’12 of Holland, Michigan, kept the audience in stitches as they introduced each act and gave their personal feedback on each performance, all the while tossing t-shirts, sweatshirts, candy, and $150 worth of gift cards out into the audience.

“I love Trollstock. It is definitely one of my favorite events,” said Alberda. “It is amazing to see the many talents of Trinity's students and to be able to lead an activity like Trollstock was incredible! Friendships were made, and Trollstock night was a night I will always remember.”

First place went to the Thrifters, a group of men who sang a montage of ’90s music arranged by lead singer Vinnie Adams ’09 of Oostburg, Wisconsin. Greg Hartnett ’10 of Frankfort, Illinois, sang backup, Scott VanderZee ’12 of Dyer, Indiana, was on the keyboard, and Adam Perez ’12 of Racine, Wisconsin, multitasked on the bass and the harmonica. The group, dressed in their ’80s thrift store duds, stole the show and took home a $75 Visa gift card.

Freshman Jeremey Barginear ’13 of Chicago took second place and a $50 gift card to Olive Garden with his original Christian rap piece entitled “Testimony.” Third place went to juniors Sam Huenink ’11 of Oostburg, Wisconsin, and Sasha Blasen ’11 of Grand Rapids, Michigan for their robotic “daft bodies” routine to Daft Punk’s song “Harder, Faster, Better, Stronger,” winning a dinner for two at Chili’s.

“Trollstock brings the campus together,” said student activities co-chair Leanne Koetje ’10 of Grand Rapids, Michigan. “It allows students to display their God-given talents to the community for them to enjoy.”

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