WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Wednesday, the West Orange Public Library hosted a Lip Syncing Tournament for community residents in grades six to 12. Doors opened for the event at 7:00 p.m., and participants pre-registered on the library’s website with their intended songs to perform and the names of the artists. The event was completely open and free to the public, with all costs and equipment funded by the library itself.

“Lip syncing is really fun because it’s just like being the singer in the song that you like,” said upcoming seventh grader Isabella Melendez.

In addition to Melendez, Julie Beck, Darcy Campbell, and Juliana Himawan, also upcoming seventh graders, attended the event with the intent to lip-sync some of their favorite songs.

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A few of the many songs performed included “Best of Both Worlds” by Hannah Montana, “Shut Up and Dance With Me” by Walk the Moon, and “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth.

“See You Again” proved to be particularly challenging for Campbell. “The verse was hard because Wiz Khalifa raps instead of singing, so it’s really fast,” she said. “I listen to the song a lot though, so I knew all of the words.”

Because the four participants all lip-synced together, the award they received, a $15 Starbucks gift card, was split between them. Other awards that the group could have picked from were a $15 Apple gift card and a $15 gift card to a local ice cream parlor.

The decision on a Starbucks gift was an easy choice for the group. “Starbucks is one of our favorite places,” said Himawan.

The group as a whole said it intended to use the gift card later that day to buy Chocolate Chip Frappuccinos and Very Berry Hibiscus Refreshers.

The West Orange Public Library is hosting many events this summer for the community’s youth, all of which can be viewed HERE on the online calendar.