The men of Galaxy, women of Ko Jo Kai and Seniors topped the competition to take home the Sing Song trophy in their respective divisions.
The Moonies swept each category: vocals, entertainment, costumes, set and choreography. Chase Rogers, director of Galaxy’s lumberjacks act, said he was thankful for the opportunity to direct his club and sing on the stage with all of the alumni.
“It wasn’t that we expected to win, we just knew we were going to do everything in our power to win,” said Rogers, senior English teaching major from Arlington. “It was only after the weekend that I realized how special of an act it was.”
Rogers directed the Moonies last year as skydivers and participated his sophomore year in the cavemen act, both acts placing second. He said last year on Saturday night, him and his co-director looked at each other and agreed there was no way they would lose again.
“This is my first Sing Song win and it was so special to get it with my Nova class our senior year. We didn’t win as freshman either so it was this year or never. It’s a great way to wrap up our four years here,” Rogers said. “Moonies always win.”
Galaxy took home their first win since 2016 as Galaxy Dads, making it their 27th win overall.
Directed by Halle Magee, senior biology major from Flower Mound, the women of Ko Jo Kai won for their second straight year, taking the trophy in set and entertainment and earning second in costumes, choreography and vocals.
“Because the competition was so incredibly close this year, we had no idea if we were going to win going into the finale,” Magee said. “The second our name was announced I felt the biggest sense of pride for all the hard working girls in our act. We all put so much into this act and it is amazing to see that dedication rewarded, especially two years in a row.”
Magee said she tried to draw parts of the teaching style from last year’s director, Kayla Torp, including the balance of humor and intensity, and complimented her co-director, Hannah Roberts on her ability to make the hardest part more enjoyable.
“I think it’s important to know when to make a joke and when to seriously call out mistakes because that brings a certain amount of mutual respect into practices.”
The directors for each winning act are seniors, and each said winning Sing Song was one of the best ways to end their time on campus.
“It’s so cool to be a part of big moments in ACU’s history and it’s definitely been one of the highlights of my year,” Magee said. “We’ve been preparing since we got elected in October of last year, so winning after so many months of preparation and practices and seeing the effect it had on Kojies definitely makes every hard day worth while.”
Ko Jo Kai improved to 19 overall wins, one away from being tied with Sigma Theta Chi overall.
The seniors, directed by Jamie Warren and Jadon Reynolds, won first in choreography, vocals and entertainment, placed third in set, but did not rank in costumes.
Warren, senior management major from Boerne, said the seniors didn’t expect to win, as she and Reynolds were surprised at the turnout.
“Initially we were just in for fun and everything was a joke up until the last day,” said Warren. “Before the Saturday afternoon performance I asked the group before we went on stage, ‘we only have two more times to perform this, so what if we just try for today,’ and we won first in choreography. Then it was uphill from there.”
Participating in the Ko Jo Kai act and directing the seniors, Warren had practice every night of the week except Friday and Saturday and had been working on the details of the senior act since before Christmas break.
“Though it was a lot, I knew that this would be my last Sing Song, so I might as well enjoy it all while I still had the opportunity to,” Warren said. “We only practiced about six or seven times before show week. I can’t say we worked super hard all the time, but regardless of the outcome it paid off.
“Something unique about our group was that we had a good mix of people. We were represented by every grade level, almost every club, people that had done sing song all four years, and some that it was the first time. Winning is fun, but the most meaningful part was watching this group of wonderful people make memories together as a group, before we all head off in different directions in the upcoming months.”