BOSS Competitors Raise The Bar

Voicebox of the University of Central Florida stunned the judges both visually and musically to win the 2018 BOSS Scholastic Competition in Somerville, Massachusetts, on Friday night.

Now in its sixth year, the BOSS Scholastic Competition is known for being anything but your typical competition format. With a different theme and evolving format each year, it truly keeps the competitors and the audience on their toes.

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This year, the six competing groups were tasked with conceptualizing a set that embodied a selection of visual art. Each of the groups chose something vastly unique and what came of it was a show like none other. Deep emotions, striking visuals, and hauntingly beautiful vocals rippled through the Somerville Theatre, conveying everything from Picasso to emojis.

The night was enhanced by the competition's enchanting emcees, Emily Flanders and Courtney Jensen, and a brilliant performance by Hive. By enhanced, we mean standup comedy, cartwheels, and original songs that belong on the radio now.

True to form, the awards given out at BOSS are created based on what moves the judges each year and are never repeated. The 2018 awards and winners are:

Avi Kaplan Bass/Baritone Award
Joshua Raiford

Harrison Acosta

Sass Factory Award
The Coda Conduct

Storyteller Award
Lora Reihl (for My Mind)
Pitch, Please!

Mastery of Texture

The Queen
Christine Sack

After a thrilling night of creativity, the final results were:

WINNER: Voicebox (University of Central Florida)

Runner-Up: Euphoria (Grand Valley State University)

2nd Runner-Up: Gestalt (University of Florida)

BOSS continues on Saturday with a full day of education and the Professional Showcase featuring MICappella, Backtrack, and Similar Jones at 8 PM ET.

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