Students lip-sync battle to stardom

NILES — Students at Niles McKinley High School took the first step in a serious battle to lip-sync stardom on Saturday.

Inspired by recent similar contests on Spike TV and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” the Niles Drama Club took the stage in the hopes of starting something that will become a tradition, Niles High School Drama Club director Susan Bowman said.

“The top performers will compete in the all-around talent competition, the ‘Niles Got Talent’ show in January,” Bowman said.

Six competing acts took the stage in what Bowman said was an exclusive contest for the drama club students.

“We hope to include other students in music, speech and band next year,” she said.

The contest was judged by secret voting of about 40 audience members, including Delores Pack, mother of of Sherry Courim, high school guidance secretary and assistant director of the lip-sync battle.

“These students are working toward the January talent show and a spring production of ‘Beauty and the Beast,'” Courim said.

The final two teams of the evening were judged by audience applause. The winning team, KKT, will perform in the talent show Jan. 14. They also were the recipients of a minature faux statuette and championship belt.

“Mostly, the win is about the bragging rights,” Bowman said.