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Club Live Youth Leadership Program Spotlights Local Talent

More Than 100 Students Perform at 15th Annual Lip Sync Contest

Students lip syncing

The talents of middle school students from 21 local campuses were combined Friday, April 13, to present one of the most entertaining events of the year—the 15th Annual Club Live Countywide Lip Sync Competition. Several hundred spectators cheered the show, which took place at the Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento.

Coordinated by Club Live and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), the Club Live Countywide Lip Sync Competition featured 109 students, ages 12 to 14, dancing and "singing" to old and new tunes. Schools throughout Sacramento County recently held their own Lip Sync Competitions, with the top winners selected to participate in the countywide show.

Teams placing in the top three in the 15th Annual Club Live Countywide Lip Sync Competition:

  • 1st Place: Toby Johnson Middle School (Elk Grove Unified)
  • 2nd Place: Arcohe K-8 School (Arcohe Union)
  • 3rd Place: Smythe Academy of Arts & Sciences (Twin Rivers Unified)

Additional category awards:

  • Creativity: Natomas Middle School (Natomas Unified)
  • Originality (tie): Sutter Middle School (Folsom Cordova Unified) and California Middle School (Sacramento City Unified)
  • Lip Sync Accuracy (3-way tie): James Rutter Middle School & T.R. Smedberg Middle School (both of Elk Grove Unified) and John Barrett Middle School (San Juan Unified)
  • Choreography (tie): John H. Still Middle School (Sacramento City Unified) & Kingswood K-8 School (San Juan Unified)
  • Stage Presence (tie): Orangevale Open K-8 School (San Juan Unified) & Joseph Kerr Middle School (Elk Grove Unified)
  • Inspirational: Albert Einstein Middle School (Sacramento City Unified)
  • Most Spirited/Energy (tie): John Barrett Middle School (San Juan Unified) & Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School (Elk Grove Unified)
  • Pure Entertainment Value (tie): Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School & Samuel Jackman Middle School (both Elk Grove Unified)
  • Enthusiasm (tie): Louis Pasteur Fundamental Middle School (San Juan Unified) & Mills Middle School (Folsom Cordova Unified)
  • Expression/Emotion/Soul (tie): Wilson C. Riles Middle School (Center Joint Unified) & Will Rogers Middle School (San Juan Unified)

The winners received cash prizes and gifts provided by Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Company and others, including the William Orrock Memorial, Northern Artists Films, Grant High School Friday Night Live, Creekside Counseling Associates of Elk Grove, Diana and Amy Borchart, Venice A. and Leroy Jenkins, Jr., the Miranda Family, Vickie Good, Dennis Good, Pamela Robinson, Chris Daggett, Jason Daggett, Diana Lampe, and Marcia McAllister.

Community leaders serving as judges were Keith Bennett, Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Company Sales Manager; Cortez Quinn, District Coordinator for State Assembly Representative Roger Dickinson; Helena Hurst, Sacramento County Office of Education Personnel Commissioner; and Megan Helm, Friday Night Live Youth Council member. Videography was provided by students of Foothill High School. Cline Moore served as master of ceremonies.

The Club Live program provides opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills, build positive peer and adult relationships and become involved as active leaders and resources in their schools and communities. Each year, many middle school students in Sacramento County participate in exciting and beneficial Club Live activities. Club Live is a program of the SCOE Prevention & Student Services Department.

For more information about Club Live, call (916) 228-2418.

Student pointing expressively as he lip syncs
Arcohe second place team posing with $75 check from the Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Student lip syncing with microphone