By Laurie Driscol

2014 LIP-OFF - As the winners of Union Middle School’s 2014 Lip-Off, Gavin Miller and Hunter Klima present a check to Tama County Relay for Life representative, Karen Symonds. Photo by Hope Hix.

2014 LIP-OFF – As the winners of Union Middle School’s 2014 Lip-Off, Gavin Miller and Hunter Klima present a check to Tama County Relay for Life representative, Karen Symonds. Photo by Hope Hix.

Sadly, many of us know someone that has cancer. With that thought in mind, Union Middle School conducted its Fifth Annual Lip-Off for Cancer in May. This year’s event took on a special meaning, as the school lost a staff member to the disease earlier this year. Pam Miller was a school nurse for several years at Union Middle School, a wonderful woman who was loved by all.
The 2014 Lip-Off started with approximately 24 groups, involving both student and staff performers. In round one, each group lip synced 30 seconds of a song on stage in front of the entire student body. After all groups had performed, the students and staff cast votes in the form of money for their favorite groups, with the top half of the performers advancing to the next week.
In successive weeks of the competition, the length of performances increased, with money votes again determining the groups to advance. It is the combination of fun entertainment and raising money for an important cause that has made the Middle School Lip-Off such a success.
This year, Boys Gone Wild, the team of Gavin Miller and Hunter Klima, used technology to advance their cause, posting a video on Facebook that shared information about the Lip-Off and the school’s goal to raise money in honor of Pam Miller. They also posted clips of their performances. Their efforts proved successful, as they were eventually crowned champions of the 2014 Lip-Off, winning the competition for the second consecutive year.
Placing second in the 2014 Lip-Off were the Blue-Eyed Babes, while The Surprise finished third.
Thanks to the creativity and generosity of the Union Middle School community, the Lip-Off raised an all-time high record of just over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society.