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Senior honored to be angel

Kali Jend, Staff Writer

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Everyone knows that Cloud 9 is the ultimate state of euphoria.

However, senior Charles Poole III would like to add a Cloud 10 after being selected as the angel of the 32nd Singing Christmas Tree.

“There is not a number scale that can rate how excited and honored I am to have been the angel of Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree, but I am super ecstatic to have the privilege to have been the angel and continue a tradition of the Mona Shores Choir,” Poole said.

Poole said he was selected by choir director Shawn Lawton because of his work ethic.

“I think that he might have picked me because I am a hardworking person, and I am always helping the choir anyway I can.”

Being the angel is a big responsibility, and standing at the top of a 67 foot tall tree was a challenge, but Poole said he was ready for the four performances, which took place Dec. 1-3 at the Frauenthal in downtown Muskegon.

“I was not afraid of the height I was standing at, but I was afraid of being at the very top of the tree and singing my voice part correctly,” Poole said. “The rest of the male choir students did not go above row five so that made me a little worried that I wasn’t going to be able to hear the bass part well since I had girls singing right underneath me in the tree.”

Poole said he enjoyed many of the songs that were selected this year, but he had two favorites.

“I would have to say my favorite songs were probably ‘Spirit of the Season’ [a song from Polar Express] and ‘Iza Ngomso’ [a challenging piece in an African language],” he said.

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