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Leah Brahm paid tribute to Whitney Houston by dressing in a classy black dress and syncing the pop star’s signature song, “I Will Always Love You.”

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Lip Sync Contest becomes battle of love songs

The 2011 Rim Country Optimist, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs’ Lip Sync Contest could have been renamed, ‘The Battle of the Love Songs.” From traditional favorites such as Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero,” to alternative rock band Ludo’s “Love me Dead,” the students’ choice of songs might explain the polarity of the love lives of today’s teens — half romantic, half cynical. The two-hour blast of strange costumes, complex choreography and rollicking fun raised money for scholarships and delighted viewers, which half filled the high school auditorium and included tables in the lobby loaded with silent auction items to raise money for scholarships. Most of the songs testified to the contradictions of modern love songs. Brad Guton synced the love-tortured lyrics to “Love Me Dead”:

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