Union Middle School recently finished up its second annual lip-off contest in March 2011. This year it was the "Lip-Off for Cancer" fundraiser. In a nutshell, the lip-off is a lip-sync contest. Students perform one time at the beginning of the week and then students 'money-vote' the remaining days of the week. Students 'money-vote' by bringing in money for the performer(s) they would like to see perform again the following week. A leader board was posted on a daily basis so that students could see which performer(s) were in the lead. The top-half of the acts moved on to the next week's performances. It started with about 20 performances, the second week it was cut to 10, then to six (there was a tie so both acts moved on). Performers worked hard to make it to the final three. The staff had a group, there was a sixth grade group (Jackie Barz, Maggie Driscol, Chloe Grosse, Courtney Powell, Wes Powell, and John Boisen), and one eighth grade individual performer (James Peters) in the finals. At the end of that week, the money-voting determined that James Peters was the 2011 Lip-Off for Cancer champion. However, when viewing what the students were able to accomplish, it seems that everyone who participated through on-stage performing or money-voting, won this contest. The reason, students and staff brought in close to $1,900 in money-votes! The UMS Student Council added $100 and moved the total to an even $2,000. Last year, $1,000 was raised through the Lip-Off for Haiti (Earthquake Relief through the Red Cross). UMS definitely has something to be proud of.