Small Ensembles Wins Big at Figgy Pudding

Rachael Kerley, Assistant Editor

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On Dec. 2 the MVHS Small Ensembles class travelled to Seattle to spread their Christmas spirit and sing carols. Every year Small Ensembles competes in a caroling competition called Figgy Pudding to raise money for a good cause. This year the group of singers raised over $1200 to help buy groceries for the Pike Place Senior Center and buy food for the food bank in Seattle.

There were many groups of carolers just outside of Westlake Center, all singing for the fundraiser. Community members sang together alongside a group of friends, church choirs, and school choirs. One group of old ladies, called the Beaconettes wore tall pink wigs decorated with Christmas lights and ornaments. Small Ensembles weren’t quite so creative but they represented MVHS by wearing ugly Christmas sweaters.

Each caroling group had a goal to raise the most money, there was a group of judges who chose two groups to compete on stage for best choir. For the past three years Small Ensembles class has been one of the top two groups competing for best choir against the Emerald City Singers. Mount Vernon took home the trophy this year by picking a crowd favorite and singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas. Small Ensembles sang with such sincerity that it caught the judges eye for highlighting “figgy pudding” in the song. There were many people who came out to support the choir including parents, friends, former choir students and even Mr. Shepherd. The choir sang beautifully in front of ten thousand people, wishing everyone a merry Christmas.

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