Palmetto High School 'roars' for Katy Perry

Palmetto High School 'Roars' for Katy Perry

eearl@bradenton.comOctober 5, 2013 

PALMETTO -- Students at Palmetto High School are vying via video for a chance to meet Katy Perry this month.

Palmetto High "Tigers" and television production students Bailey Mosley, Charkyla "Kiki" Hudson and Kelsey Cline worked with their classmates to create a video to Perry's "Roar" in a nationwide contest to meet the singer at a private concert.

Mosley said she found out about the video contest two weeks before submissions were due. The video was put together in just a week in a half and stars the entire school.

"We were working on it every single second of those one and a half weeks," Mosley said.

The video had to be two minutes long, feature lip syncing to the hit single "Roar" and include students and teachers displaying their school spirit.

The contest also required an essay describing the video and the school's vision. Senior Michael Delgado took on the job of putting together the essay.

"We have seen a lot of struggle in recent years," Delgado said. "'Roar' is a don't-give-up song."

The winning school will be selected by Perry and the "Good Morning America" crew Oct. 10. The concert will take place Oct. 25, on Perry's birthday, and will be featured on "Good Morning America."

Palmetto High's video features Cline as Katy Perry. She finds her school spirit with the help of proud Palmetto High students and Hudson, dressed as the school's mascot -- a tiger. The video also features clips from a recent pep rally of the cheerleading squad and chanting students waving signs with lyrics from "Roar."

Mosley said the timing of the pep rally was coincidental but worked perfectly for their video. Students used a green screen for the majority of the other scenes in the video.

"It is great to see everyone come together for the video," Mosley said. "It was something different. The whole school was excited for it, regardless if we win or not, I am glad we got to come together for this. It gave everyone something to remember that we did together."

Cline said it was a group effort that the whole school got to share in, from making banners to the art club painting tiger faces on students who appeared in the video.

Mosley said that she, Cline and Hudson stayed after school to work on the video, and television production teacher Nino Fabiano stayed up late on his own time editing.

While the video was the students' own initiative, Fabiano said he was glad to help.

"The students have really stepped up to the plate," Fabiano said.

Fabiano said the video was a great learning experience for the students.

"Some people think learning only happens in the classroom, but everyone learned from the project," Fabiano said.

"It was practical experience, and everyone learned the value of teamwork."

Mosley, Hudson and Cline -- all big Perry fans -- are keeping their fingers crossed.

"It has been an ongoing joke since 7th grade that I look like Katy Perry," Cline said. "Ever since, I have been into her music."

Students aren't the only fans. Michelle Bush, a math teacher at Palmetto High who lent her classroom for scenes in the video, said she has been obsessed with the song even before hearing about the contest.

"For us being the tigers, it is more than perfect," Bush said. "The lyrics are point on, and these students are champions."

The contest is open to high schools across the county. Palmetto High is the only school from Manatee County to enter. Only one winner will be chosen.

Students said they have seen the competing entries, and that the competition is "fierce."

But no matter the outcome, Mosley, Hudson and Cline said they are happy to have worked together as a class on something fun outside of their typical school projects.

Erica Earl, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081.

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