RBHS dance group ‘Gen Z’ wins 2019 Como Cow


Teachers from Battle perform on April 3 in the RBHS PAC to an audience of students from BHS, HHS, and RBHS. Photo by George Frey / Bearing News

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The annual Como Cow Lip Syncing competition took place April 3 in RBHS’ Performing Arts Center (PAC) where RBHS, HHS and BHS fought for the title of best lip syncers. The profit made went to charity. Both students and teachers represented their respective schools as they performed choreographed dances. From artists like early 2000s R&B group Destiny’s Child to more current hits, the PAC was filled to the brim with rhythm, ecstasy and anticipation.
In the midst of all this excitement, local charity Children’s Grove was able to fundraise. The organization focuses on promoting kindness and creates a more accepting and open environment for children around Columbia. The organization spawned after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and since has planted a grove of trees commemorating those who were murdered that day.
Senior Madison Hopper has been involved with the charity since her freshman year. She is now a Youth Kindness Ambassador. She was ecstatic to learn that Como Cow chose to donate the profits towards Children’s Grove and in turn fostering a kinder Columbia.
“My flute teacher introduced me to the head of the director, and she just got me kind of plugged in on the idea of helping out,” Hopper said. “[Children’s Grove] has three words that we think represent kindness, ‘respect, inclusivity and compassion,’ so our goal is to spread those attributes wherever we go and to just be kind.”’
As the evening continued, teams from each high school went up on stage and presented routines. Sophomore Lola Gingrich, along with several other students in Madam Kristen Reed’s French class, performed several French pop songs, all under the alias, The Croissants. To Gingrich, doing Como Cow was an opportunity to show students French culture, to hang out with friends and to create something unique.
“I think the hardest part was initially creating the choreography, and figuring out what moves work best around the music,” Gingrich said. “The best part was that we could manipulate it to be whatever we wanted and as a result, we came up with that great performance.”
The night was full of many great performances, but only one group could win. ‘Gen Z,’ a group led by senior Aubrey Sanders, danced to hits from the late 90s to the present, all in jean jackets. Junior Mary-Kate Grossman was a member of the winning group as well, and for her, winning the competition and taking home the award for RBHS was the best part of the night.
“We didn’t really expect to win and the fact that we all did it together as friends was so incredibly fun. In the end, winning was just like the cherry on top,” Grossman said. “It was really fun to spend a lot of time with my friends, mess around, and create our own choreography. We each had our own ideas and were able to put our own personalities into our performance.”
No matter who won, for Hopper, all the groups had something in common. They came together as one Columbia all under one roof, and had a wonderful time while doing so. In the end, the most important thing to her is what the event fosters among CPS’ students from all three high schools.
“Como Cow is one of my favorite events of the year, and it’s really cool because it brings all the student councils from each school together,” Hopper said. “It’s cool that we get to collaborate in this competition and just have fun together.
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