Zeta Rho and the sophomore Sing Song classes were expected to have the lowest Sing Song participant numbers this year. However, this turned out to be only partially true.
Zeta Rho is right on the line of being able to participate with 27 participants. The minimum amount of people required to compete is 25. Janessa Beach, sophomore math education major from Van Alstyne, is directing the Zeta Rho act.
Beach has no prior choir experience, nor did she do Sing Song last year. However she has organization skills, and was a drum major her senior year of high school, as well as a section leader her sophomore and junior year.
“It’s our first year back in the game [because] we re-chartered,” Beach said. “We’re trying to get a good basis to build off of.Â It’s definitely harder not having as many girls- we can’t say, ‘you must be here or you’re not in the act,’ because we are so close to that 25 mark.”
Though Zeta Rho does have a variety of obstacles to face, Beach is still positive about their act. She reminds the group during every practice that it is not about what they are getting out of Sing Song, but that they are using this as an offer of worship to God. They start off every rehearsal with a worship song and a prayer.
“I’m really pumped,” Beach said. “It’s going to be a good year for us- I think it will be good quality for the quantity we have.”
Beach is grateful for all the help she is receiving from other club directors. She has always been one to root for the underdog, and this time she’s it.
Kealey Fabian, sophomore biochemistry major from San Antonio, is directing the sophomore class. There were rumors that the sophomore class had a low number of participants.
Fabian said she believes people thought the sophomore class had fewer people because of the low number they had as a freshmen act. However, she is proud of the group, saying they have “worked hard and given it their all.”
Fabian rated her current stress level and confidence, on a 1-10 scale, as seven for both. She said she believes, “it’s really anybody’s game.”