Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nick A. Grim

SOUTH CHINA SEA – Six Sailors performed in a lip-sync competition on USS John C. Stennis’ (CVN 74) mess decks, May 19.

The competition was hosted by John C. Stennis’ Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) and presented Sailors with the opportunity to compete by performing songs of their choice.

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Nakita McGee, from Houston, a CSADD member and the event organizer, said the idea for the competition came to her after watching a similarly themed contest on television

“I just thought it would be awesome to bring that to the ship for those who can’t sing and gives us an opportunity to show our other skills,” said McGee.

Prior to the competition, there were tryouts with a panel of judges to ensure the songs and performances were in good taste. The response from the audience was the ultimate deciding factor in crowning the winner.

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Jordan Hunter, from Phoenix, and Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Bennett Grisley, from Rochester, N.Y., took the first place prize. The duo won with performances of Outkast’s “Roses” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”.

“I loved it,” said Hunter, “seeing people laugh and have an hour worth of memories for the rest of the cruise is worth it.”

According to McGee, these types of events help Sailors build morale, have some fun and get a break from their hard work doing the Navy’s mission.

“My goal with the crew is to get people involved and do something different,” said McGee, “I just want the crew to enjoy the competition.”

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