Katie Bitz News Reporter
The 62nd year of Step Sing culminated Saturday night in the Leslie S. Wright Center with the announcement of the winners of the coveted Sweepstakes title along with several other awards.
Dudes-A-Plenty nabbed Sweepstakes for the third year running. Their show, entitled “Rush”, depicted gold miners headed out west hoping to earn their fortunes. It was their fifth Sweepstakes in the groups eight years of existence.
Matt Wambles, senior journalism and mass communications major, directed the show alongside senior journalism and mass communications major Josh Sizemore. Wambles was honored to represent a group that has won the title three years running.
“For me, it’s very surreal. We definitely had odds against us, and simply being a part of something like this is big enough in itself,” Wambles said. “I don’t think it’s settled in yet, for me, that Josh and I were the ones in charge of leading the battle, so to say.”
DAP also landed the excellence in music award and the participant’s choice award for music. They shared the excellence in choreography award with the first runner up, IGnite.
IGnite is a group new to the stage this year comprised of both greeks and independents. This year’s show, “None of Your Business,” was directed by senior history major Amanda Elenteny and junior nursing major Caroline Smith.
Elenteny said the idea for IGnite is something that has been in the works for a while now.
“The idea for IGnite came during a conversation in the Caf two years ago that after freshman year, our Independent and Greek friends would not be able to participate in the same Step Sing show unless we could grab the few female spots in UM,” Elenteny said. “We wanted to provide a show in which any girl at Samford could participate to emphasize unity.”
Unity was one of the many things the group displayed throughout their hit show, which landed them first runner up as well as excellence in theme and the participant’s choice for overall most entertaining show. Elenteny assures us that IGnite is not going anywhere and to keep an eye out for them in Step Sing 2013.
Zeta Tau Alpha took the second-runner up position as well as participant’s choice awards for their skeleton costumes and choreography. Their show, “Stomp the Yard”, told the story of what would happen if skeletons could come alive for one last night.
This year’s show was directed by senior marketing major Kelly Ray and junior family studies major Katie Leigh Mardis. Ray expressed gratitude for the support expressed by the Step Sing community.
“We are extremely honored and grateful to have not only only placed, but received two participants choice awards for Choreography and Costume,” Ray said. “It means a lot to us knowing that other organizations, both Greek and non-Greek, supported us.”
Alpha Omicron Pi continued their community service streak, raising $1,890 out of the total $7,120 raised for Cornerstone Schools of Birmingham and nabbing the overall community service award. Junior biology major Taylor Horneman also won the “Best of the Emcees” award, a new award presented this year for the most creative introduction to a show.
Step Sing 2012 director Matt Davidson feels satisfied with the outcome of the overall show.
“My experience with Step Sing this year was incredible,” Davidson said. “After spending a little over 10 months on planning this event I feel like it was a success.”