Twenty student teams competed in BHS’s first annual lip sync battle in front of a student audience at BHS Auditorium on Tuesday, November 22. The competition showcased a wide array of talent and was filled with energy, laughter, and fun. The event was organized by Poetic Ramblings to raise funds for their Louder than a Bomb Competition.
Rachel Bolognese and Laura Frustaci brought their passion to bear on the stage as hosts for the evening as well as performers.
Christian Weisse, Christina Raposo, Michelle Pothier, Sasha Festi, Julianna Grossman performing “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls placed 3rd, winning $20.
Second place went to Saarim Shakaib, Seamus Bell, David Kolifrath for their performance of “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley, winning $30.
The grand prize of $100 and infinite glory went to Alexadra Floyd, Leila Kiddu, and Christina Charmant who rocked “The Schuyler Sisters” from the Hamilton Soundtrack (Renee Elise Goldsberry).
English teachers Kade Hill and Brenna Rose judged the contest.
Additional student performances / pictures are below:
Here’s some of what students had to say:
“I liked Saarim Seamus and David’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up.’ They had an entire dance planned and executed it beautifully. Also, the lights were in tune with the music. Lastly, Seamus’s fedora was icing on the cake,” student Ryan Devereaux said.
“My favorite was ‘Wrecking Ball’ because people were added about halfway through the battle, and it was so improvised that it was just so fun to be in (and hopefully to watch),” performer Cathy Chang said.
“I loved ‘Blood, Sweat, and Tears.’ They all did really well. The song was upbeat and they were energetic,” participant Joicee Gordillo said.
“My favorite performance was ‘The Schuyler Sisters’ because I’m a Hamilton fan, so I pretty much died and sang and danced while they performed it,” student Grace Visco said.
“My favorite besides our own was the ‘Call Me Maybe’ because the acting was hilarious,” performer Seamus Bell said.
“I think that the performance of ‘Bop to the Top’ was the best performance because they were very dressed with the right costume and their dancing was choreographed perfectly. The song is also one of the songs from my favorite movie, and they danced very alike,” student Naaz Thotathil said.