Golden Cow date announced; teams prepare for audtions

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This felt banner advertising the Golden Cow Dance was made back in the ’90s, Student Council Golden Cow committee chair, junior Jack Schimpf said. The committee customized it for this year’s competition.

Kaitlyn Marsh

This felt banner advertising the Golden Cow Dance was made back in the '90s, Student Council Golden Cow committee chair, junior Jack Schimpf said. The committee customized it for this year's competition.
This felt banner advertising the Golden Cow Dance was made back in the ’90s, Student Council Golden Cow committee chair, junior Jack Schimpf said. The committee customized it for this year’s competition. Photo by Daphne Yu
Famed as one of the greatest RBHS traditions, the Golden Cow lip-syncing contest, scheduled for Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the performing arts center, gives teams and individuals a mere 19 days to prepare for auditions held Jan. 29 and 30 in the PAC.
Partnering with MU’s Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis, or R.A.M.S, the RBHS student council members hope to support research on multiple sclerosis in the community with the money the event raises through ticket sales, head of the Golden Cow committee, junior Jack Schimpf said.
“We’re hoping to sell out the PAC, so 500 people times three dollars a person, so $1,500 would be a great goal,” Schimpf said. “It’s been a tradition that we do it with [R.A.M.S.]. They like it that we do this fundraiser every year. It’s a set amount of money that they know they are going to get for their cause and it’s a great cause and foundation to do it for.”
As well as raising a substantial amount of money for charities, the Golden Cow event is also known for its hilarity and popularity with the student body. The event is made to showcase the talent of RBHS through lip-syncing and performance, assistant principal David Bones said.
Golden Cow is “a fundraiser to benefit foundation and research here in mid-Missouri but also it’s just a fun time; it’s a blast,” Bones said. “If you’ve been, you see great stuff, so it’s both things: fun and fundraising.”
Besides the promise to better the community and donate to a worthy cause, the Golden Cow also welcomes old rivalries between student or teacher groups, just for the possibility of keeping the golden angus trophy one more year.
“Mrs. Coil, the guidance, student support person, sophomore advisory coordinator, tends to think every year that she is going to win, and she has won a couple times in the past. She’s got a lot of talent,” Bones said. “She puts together a strong team, and I’m just saying we’ve got to get some students out to take her down.”
Tryouts will be held Jan. 29 and 30 in the PAC for groups and individuals interested in participating in the contest. Acts can take on any genre and will be judged against each other by a panel of celebrity judges, who will award first, second and third places out of the usual eight or so teams. As for judging the auditions, the committee has strict guidelines to follow for determining the final performances for the Wed., Feb. 6 event date, Schimpf said.
“We want to see people that are well prepared, people that kind of know what they are doing,” Schimpf said. “It doesn’t have to be perfected but definitely have an idea, have their songs laid out and the routine down.”
As far as the administration’s involvement in Golden Cow, Bones mentioned he might be participating and forming his own squad to possibly gain pride in holding the shimmering cow trophy.
“I’ve got to talk to my agent and see what my options are. I may be booked, I don’t know,” Bones said. “You’ve got your American Idol, your X Factor, you got your Voice calendars all pre-booked. We will see, hopefully I will be able to be a part of it.”
By Kaitlyn Marsh
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