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Spanish Springs High Roars
by Andrea Tyrell
Oct 08, 2013 | 4855 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Spanish Spring High School’s submission for Katy Perry’s “Roar” music video contest had more than 45,000 hits as of Monday.
Spanish Spring High School’s submission for Katy Perry’s “Roar” music video contest had more than 45,000 hits as of Monday.
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Spanish Springs High School was selected as one of five national finalists for ABC’s Good Morning America and Katy Perry’s “Roar” music video contest. High schools from around the country submitted videos of their own interpretations of Perry’s chart-topping pop single “Roar.” The winning school will be named Oct. 10 and will be treated to a private concert, featuring Perry at their high school Oct. 25.

In preparation for Perry’s decision, GMA will be broadcasting live from Spanish Springs High School’s gymnasium Wednesday at 3 a.m. PDT (6 a.m. on the east cast).

On Sept. 6, Perry announced the contest on GMA. Spanish Springs students were off and running, filming their video over the course of two days, with students working during their lunch breaks and free periods. By press time Monday night, the video has received more than 49,000 views on Youtube.

“The whole school is buzzing with energy and the kids are beyond excited to be on a national stage,” said Mike Bowers, the broadcast journalism teacher at Spanish Springs. “The whole experience has been really fun and a great collaborative effort that the whole school got behind.”

SSHS students filmed, produced and acted in the project.

“I feel really accomplished, said Hunter Pinto, a Spanish Springs, who plays ‘the boyfriend’ in the video “No other Spanish Springs High School senior class has done anything like this before. And to beat other high school’s in the country is awesome.”

Pinto is not alone in his excitement.

“I know our C3 Media Academy is really talented so I was excited to see a good video be made, but I definitely would have been excited had I known what it’s turning out to be like,” said Annie Wagner, who played the ‘insecure girl’ in the video. “Today, we found out we’re in the Top 5. I told a girl and she started crying. She wasn’t even part of the video. The kids in our school are getting pretty pumped.”

Bowers is proud of his students and is hopeful about winning. He, like his students, is excited about the possible performance.

“I have 3- and 6-year-old daughters and every day, it’s ‘Daddy, can we listen to Katy Perry? Can we listen to ‘Roar?’ I have become a fan,” said Bowers.

To see the video, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5pnOHxCytY

For more information, visit abcnews.go.com.
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