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'Twas the night before Comp Szn

'Twas the night before Comp Szn, when all through the nation

Not a group was performing, not even the Modulations;

The tap shoes were placed in the costume racks with care,

In hopes that First Edition soon would be there;

The performers were nestled all snug in their beds;

While visions of Grand Champs danced in their heads;

And costume moms with their needles, and stage dads with their clamps,

Were getting prepared, to receive their competition stamps;

Then out on the Stage there arose such a clatter,

Directors sprang from their homeroom to see what was the matter.

Away to backstage they flew like a flash,

Tore open the curtains in a frantic mad-dash.

The spotlights in the catwalk lit everything below,

Seemingly ready, for quite a big show.

When what to their surprise appeared above is,

But a miniature stage and eight high-caliber judges,

With a little flick of light, their lamps turned on quick,

We all knew in a moment this competition was top pick.

More rapid than counts the Director's performers they came,

And the emcee's voice spoke and called the groups by name:

"Now, Johnston! now, Waltham! now Brandon and Burbank!

On, Carmel! on, Loveland! on, Waukee and Bimidji!

To the top of the Balcony! Auditorium wall to wall!

Now get ready! Go warm-up! And give it your all!"

Down the school hallways the performers they flew,

When they were lost, they found a host that knew;

So back to the homerooms they were able to regroup

Going over the judges critiques, ridding of previous miscues.

And then, in a twinkling, the Finals had begun

The dancing and singing of every note being sung.

As I was watching in awe, they danced and tumbled;

During the performance, I heard my stomach let out a loud rumble.

To the cafeteria I went, seeing all the options in sight,

A Chick-fil-a sandwich, I was salivating for a bite;

Just finishing up, my stomach at ease

I got a notification pop up on my phone screen.

"Call time is 8:00, do not be late,

Be dressed and ready - we will not wait."

I looked at the time, the homeroom I had to go

Having to get ready for our finals show;

Doing everything to clean myself up, I even brushed my teeth,

I had them sparkled and shined, I even brushed underneath.

The time had come, we stood in a line,

We stood with our partners right by our sides.

To the warm-up room we went, walking in style,

We even gave our supporters a wave and a smile.

When in the warm-up, we worked on our changes,

Our director making sure we kept a smile on our faces;

After working up a sweat, we were ready to work,

We did our chants; our director held a smirk.

When ready to go, our hosts lead us down

When on the stage, we had the opposite of frowns;

While in our windows we couldn't wait any longer,

As the curtain rose, the crowd noise got stronger.

The emcee I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—

“Happy Comp Day to all, and to all a good night!”

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