REACHING FOR THE STARS: Sounds of the City hosts middle school choirs

COLUMBIA CITY — Indian Springs Middle School’s show choir, City Stars, held its 5th annual Sounds of the City Invitational.Seven different middle school choirs competed Friday night, with Norwell Middle School taking the top honors. The choir also won Best Vocals and Best Choreography awards. As the night came to an end, City Stars entertained the crowd with its competition show, performing in an exhibition status.“The invitational ran very smoothly thanks to all the hard work from parents and supporters of the choir,” said Karyle Genth, City Stars’ director.Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel helped to present the evening’s awards. “I was once a show choir kid,” said Mayor Daniel to Friday night’s crowd.The choir’s direction and creativity is a family affair with Karyle’s husband, Phil, assisting with direction and their son, Joel, choreographing the choir’s competition show. For the invitational, Karyle’s and Phil’s daughter, Jenna, was on hand to emcee the evening.City Stars has two more competitions before its season is completed. Karyle said the season is “going great.”For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Feb. 18 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.