Few clubs and classes can take home the title of Overall Winner multiple years in a row, but this year two groups look to continue their streaks. The junior class and men’s social club, Gamma Sigma Phi, seek to extend their winning records.
“There have only been three class sweeps,” said Courtney McGaha, junior graphic design major. McGaha grew up in Abilene and is something of a Sing Song historian. Her iPod library contains the audio from most of ACU’s Sing Song shows.
It is rare that a class wins the contest each of its four years.
“There was a sweep in the 70’s, one the 80’s and one in the 90’s,” said McGaha who is a participating in this year’s junior act.
The class of 2013 won as freshmen and sophomores and believe they have a good chance to be the fourth class in ACU history to make a clean sweep.
“We’re hoping we can win a streak for the 2010 decade,” McGaha said.
Nick Tatum, junior family studies major from Plano, has directed his class in their two winning acts. Tatum said they’d love a third victory this year, but are satisfied that they’ve grown together as a class regardless of the judges’ decision.
“Our main goal is to have fun” Tatum said.
Along with the junior class, the men of of Gamma Sigma Phi are attempting a to continue their dominance on the Sing Song stage, said Spencer Goudeau, senior English major from Colorado Springs, Colo and GSP Sing Song act director.
“We’ve won three in a row and 9 out of the last 10,” Goudeau said.
He said there’s good competition this year, but he has high hopes for continuing GSP’s pattern of victory through great sounds and funny shows.
“It’s just the guys committing to the show,” Goudeau said.
The dress rehearsals are tiring for everyone, but the prospect of a receptive live audience keeps singers’ outlook bright, Goudeau said. He is looking forward to the magic of a packed-full coliseum when the show finally gets underway.
“An audience makes all the difference,” Goudeau said.
GSP has won the men’s voices trophy 16 times in Sing Song history. Only Galaxy has more wins with a total of 25.