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Staff snaps losing streak at Tualatin High School 'lip sync assembly'

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody from the 'Toy Story' movies turned in a memorable cameo in the staff routine at Tualatin High School's 'lip sync assembly,' as performers pretended to sing along with Randy Newman's 'You've Got a Friend in Me.'The results are in, and it's a first-time win for the staff at Tualatin High School in the annual lip sync and dance-off.

The staff took first place Friday morning with a routine set to a medley of songs and dialogue clips from Disney movies, including “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Toy Story” and “Frozen.”

In the format of the “lip sync assembly,” dancers from the freshman class performed first, followed by the sophomores, then the juniors, then the seniors and finally the staff. Performers played out a choreographed routine, dancing and mimicking singing along with snippets of songs — mostly pop and hip-hop — on the floor of the school gymnasium.

The juniors wowed the crowd, with a three-student linked worm dance move at the end of their routine drawing loud roars and cheers of appreciation, and it looked like they were the group to beat heading into the fifth and final routine.

But the staff won over the panel of judges — security guard Flo Horne, Spanish teacher Robin Bailey and science teacher Tim Youngberg — with their tightly coordinated dance moves, lip-synced Disney standards, and a special cameo by a costumed Woody and Buzz Lightyear from the “Toy Story” movies.

“It was very close, and everyone did an excellent job,” said Bailey. “But someone always must win.”

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Tualatin High School staff show off their moves at the school's annual friendly lip-syncing and dancing competition.This was the third annual lip sync assembly at Tualatin High. In the previous two competitions, top honors went to student performers.

Dustin O'Donnell, director of the associated student body and a stalwart member of the staff dance team, complained good-naturedly before Friday's assembly that “we should be the two-time champs but have been ROBBED.”

In another email after the assembly, O'Donnell said it felt “great” to win this year.

“It’s just nice to see all your hard work — you know, the sweat and tears produced from sheer exhaustion — be rewarded for what you know was a truly special performance,” he added.

Sarah Lind and Natalie Stager provided the choreography for the staff team.

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