by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Submitted photoSt. Helens High School’s a cappella choir, SoundFX (pictured), placed third at a singing competition sponsored by the 2013 Portland Rose Festival.

SoundFX, a contemporary a cappella vocal ensemble that sings everything from modern pop to jazz standards, was one of nine choirs to participate in a contest in Portland May 18 where they were scored by a panel of three judges. The group was chosen as one of three finalists to compete for first place at the Creative Youth Awards June 6 at the historic Hollywood Theatre. SoundFX placed third behind first place winners Soul’d Out from Wilsonville High School and Mixolydians from Sherwood High School.

All three choirs then performed in the Grand Floral Parade on June 8.

“I love the energy that the students bring to their performances,” said St. Helens High School Choir Director Kevin Zmolek. “It’s fun and exciting to see them be confident, outgoing singers. To see them bond as a group and grow as individuals is extremely rewarding as an educator.”

“The Rose City Sing-Off and Grand Floral Parade were incredible real-world experiences that they will never forget,” he added. “They sounded amazing!”

— Katie Wilson, The South County Spotlight

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