Area middle school students delivered an evening of pure entertainment on March 23 at the annual Sacramento County Club Live Lip Sync Competition, held at downtown Sacramento's historic Crest Theatre.
The 10th Annual Club Live Lip Sync Competition, presented by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), featured the best lip sync acts from 13 middle schools in Sacramento County. SCOE's Prevention and Student Services Department coordinated the event, which was enjoyed by an audience of close to 400.
The event continued a tradition started one decade ago when the first Lip Sync Competition was staged to show middle school students that drug- and alcohol-free celebrations are meaningful and fun.
Master of ceremonies Cline Moore introduced each group of performers, whose colorful costumes, props, "singing" and dancing delighted the audience. Student contestants, each 12 to 14 years old, received a Club Live t-shirt for participating. Winners received cash and merchandise prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.
Winning prizes in the competition were:
- First Place: Joseph Kerr Middle School
- Second Place: Natomas Middle School
- Third Place (tie): Sutter Middle School & Smedberg Middle School
- Andrew Carnegie Middle School (Originality)
- Edward Harris Middle School (Lip Sync Accuracy)
- Katherine Albiani Middle School (Choreography)
- Samuel Jackman Middle School (Group Synchronization)
- Alpha Technology Middle School (Stage Presence)
- Harriet Eddy Middle School (Inspirational)
- Mitchell Middle School (Most Spirited/Energy)
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Junior High School (Enthusiasm)
- Vernon E. Greer Middle School (Expression/Emotion/Soul)
Serving as judges were:
- Carla Ambrose, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services
- Jim Kooler, Administrator, California Friday Night Live Partnership
- Keith Bennett, Coca-Cola Bottling Company
- Cortez Quinn, Chief of Staff for County Supervisor Roger Dickinson
- Ted Wolter, Chief of Staff for County Supervisor Roberta McGlashan
- Helena Hurst, Personnel Commissioner, Sacramento County Office of Education
- Alena Robison, Member, Friday Night Live Youth Council
Providing prizes and other support for the Club Live Countywide Lip Sync Competition were:
- Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Company
- Creekside Counseling-Elk Grove
- Folsom High School Dog House Productions
- Dave and Betty Power
- Jeff Cathcart, BAP Logistics
- Jennie Reiken & Krista Aney
- Metro Painting
- Nara Restaurant
- Northern Artists Films
- Vickie Good
- William Orrock Memorial
Additional assistance was provided by members of the Friday Night Live County Youth Council, staff of the Sacramento County Office of Education, and dozens of community volunteers.
Sacramento County's Club Live program operates on middle school campuses throughout the area, providing opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills, build positive peer and adult relationships, and become involved as active leaders and resources in their school and community. Hundreds of middle school students in Sacramento County participate in exciting and beneficial Club Live activities. For more details about the Club Live program, call (916) 228-2418.