Lamplighters Touring Choir to serve in Detroit

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will spend a week serving in Detroit, Michigan, at the start of summer break. Twelve students in the choir, led by Director of Choral Music Melanie Catana, will participate in the trip from Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 7.

The choir travels to Detroit each year to offer musical services and hands-on volunteer work at a variety of locations. This year, they will stay and work at Wildwood Ranch in Howell, Michigan, a retreat center run by the Detroit Rescue Mission. Throughout the week, the students will complete various improvement projects to ready the facility for children’s Christian camps that begin in June.

Catana hopes the experience is eye-opening for all participating students, particularly first-time attendees.

“We hope to gain a new perspective and find a common ground with the elderly, the homeless and those recovering from addiction,” said Catana. “We hope to serve those we come in contact with as best we can through God-centered music, scripture and by sharing our own experiences as Christians to help encourage others to know Him.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Christina Bauer, a sophomore forensic science major from Harrison City (Penn-Trafford High School)
  • Nathaniel Bosh, a freshman English (creative writing) major from Baden (Ambridge Area School District)
  • Susan Dunsworth, a sophomore entrepreneurship major from Erie (Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy)
  • Heidi Dziak, a freshman accounting major from Bentleyville (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Thomas Faye, a freshman music ministry major from Pittsburgh (Penn Hill Senior High School)
  • Mikayla Hagerty, a sophomore psychology major from Boswell (Bishop McCort High School)
  • Bryce McGarvey, a junior biblical ministry studies (international missions) major from Altoona (Altoona Area Senior High School)
  • Katelynn Ossege, a freshman forensic science major from Apalachin, New York (Vestal Senior High School)
  • Briana Ryan, a sophomore music ministry major from Monongahela (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Erin Rzotkiewicz, a freshman forensic science major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
  • Veronica Steen, a sophomore biblical and ministry studies major from Trenton, New Jersey (Brodentown Regional High School)
  • Robert Turbett, a junior engineering (math) major from Boyertown (Brandywine Heights Area High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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