By: Emily Williamson and Annabelle Smallwood
The first place winners of All School SING! 2021 (part two) were Sigma Alpha and Theta Alpha Zeta. Their performance, “Come Sail Away,” featured a group of young girls traveling from England to glamorous New York City.
No storm was too much for this group, and it was like the sun shining through the clouds when their club names were called for the first place award. Chloe Rivera, Sigma Alpha president and senior business management and economics double major from Odessa, shared her perspective on this year’s SING!
“This year’s SING! experience was overall a great bounce back from the 2020 COVID year,” Rivera said. “SING! is most definitely a bonding experience; spending countless late nights in dance rehearsals when everyone is at their worst--mentally and physically drained. But it is only because of these moments that we can truly celebrate with each other at our best, which makes it all worthwhile.”
Samantha Eberle, Sigma Alpha and Theta Alpha Zeta’s SING! director, had the honor of sharing the good news with her club after results were announced in Behrens Auditorium. Eberle is a senior speech pathology major from San Antonio.
“Personally, music and production is not my passion, so winning or losing didn’t mean much to me because my joy came from seeing our club unite as one to accomplish something greater than themselves,” Rivera said. “But when I saw Sam, in tears, running in with that trophy, I was so happy for her… it’s moments like these that you can’t truly explain to someone… you can’t really explain the love and joy you feel for your sisters when you see them accomplish something they have been working for so diligently.”
Sigma Alpha and Theta Alpha Zeta were not the only groups celebrating the night. The runner up for SING! 2021 was Alpha Iota Omega. This women’s social club put together a show titled “Happy Campers,” where women can do anything that they set their minds to accomplish. Sam Behrendt, the choreography chair for AIO, reflected on the hard work that was put into the making of this show.
“We had two practices a week for a month to prepare for SING! weekend,” Behrendt said. “I am graduating in December, and I am very happy to have gone out of SING! on a high note. I’m proud of all the other clubs. They all put on amazing shows this year. I can’t wait to come back next year as an alumni to watch.”
Each student involved in this competition put in hard work and dedication to create their show, which was apparent in this year’s SING! Competition. If you missed SING! this year, make sure to grab your ticket next year for HSU 2022 Homecoming performances.