The phrase “golden cow” generates looks of confusion from most, but to students at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools, the Golden Cow is an event they look forward to the entire school year.
The Golden Cow is an annual lip-sync competition between the two schools to raise money for multiple sclerosis.
The competition is named for the school color shared by the two schools, gold, and a randomly chosen word, cow.
The competition takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hickman. With five acts from Rock Bridge and four from Hickman, the competition is sure to continue the intense rivalry the two schools share.
“We’re definitely going to be taking it seriously and trying to win,” said Emily Akers, a junior at Hickman.
Akers and her group, “The Sparkling Diamonds,” began putting their routine together over Christmas break. They practice almost every day.
The girls enjoy being able to spend time together, and Akers said the best part has been getting closer to her friends.
But it hasn’t been all fun and games for their group. Akers said it has been a hard and frustrating process to choreograph the dance to the music they selected — a medley of modern musicals.
Rock Bridge participants have been working just as hard to prepare.
Jason Jordan, a senior at Rock Bridge, said his group is going to go out with a bang this year since it will be their last performance.
Jordan said he wanted to get involved with the Golden Cow because he enjoys performing and the competition supports a great cause.
The Golden Cow is a part of Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis, or RAMS, an MU campuswide philanthropy effort that raises money for the Multiple Sclerosis Institute of Columbia.
The MU group began working with Rock Bridge and Hickman in 1993.
“We always try to figure out ways to get the community more involved,” said Ryan Kuryla, one of three directors of the MU program.
The RAMS steering committee organizes and coordinates the competition with both schools, and it also provides the judges.
Members of the MU faculty, MU Golden Girls, University Hospital employees, a previous RAMS director and a registered nurse will judge the Golden Cow this year, said Sara Harper, an MU committee coordinator for Golden Cow.
Participants will be judged on lip-sync ability, choreography, costumes and originality.
Rock Bridge has defeated Hickman every year except for 2003, when the Kewpies took home the victory.
Despite the rivalry, students from both schools are always very respectful, said Kathy Ritter, assistant principal at Rock Bridge High School.
“The audience supports everyone,” Ritter said. “Anybody who gets up there gets cheered.”
Each year, the two schools have raised $800 to $2,000 for multiple sclerosis.