Lip-syncers raise $1,441 from ticket sales

Thursday, February 3, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:50 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

The annual Golden Cow lip-sync competition raised $1,441 this year through ticket sales.

The event is a part of MU’s largest campus-wide philanthropy Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis, which raises money for the Multiple Sclerosis Institute of Columbia.

The competition between Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools was held Jan. 27 at Hickman High School.

Hickman’s “The Sparkling Diamonds” glistened their way into the winner’s circle, as the all-girl group, composed of four juniors, beat out eight other acts to claim the title of Golden Cow champions.

“I couldn’t believe they called our name,” said Ashley Moore, a member of “The Sparkling Diamonds.” “I had to take a breath of fresh air.”

As the doors opened Thursday night, long lines of spectators,waiting to purchase tickets, filled the Hickman hallways.

“I want to see sweet dance moves and totally awesome lip-syncing,” said Sam Bergin, a junior at Rock Bridge.

The audience’s expectations were not let down. Acts ranged from hip-hop dancing to heavy-metal head-banging.

Groups wore costumes and used props to accent the songs they lip-synced. Each group put its own unique touch to its act.

Joanne Sprouse, one of the competition’s judges, said she was looking to see that the acts were rehearsed and the participants knew the words to the songs.

Emily Akers, a junior at Hickman, choreographed “The Sparkling Diamonds’” act along with her friend Ashley Moore.

Before competing, the girls had a quick pep talk to encourage each other and to run through last minute preparations.

“The Sparkling Diamonds” as well as the runner up “Ether,” were asked to perform at RAMS Rock-It, the college level competition that will take place Feb. 25 at Midway Expo Center.

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