By MEGHAN RUMMEL- Five years ago, a video was recorded of IHS students lip-syncing to “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift as they went around and showed different organizations in the high school, all of which showcased everyone’s best school spirit. In the end all of the students met in the gym to really show how IHS proud they are. As another lip dub was long overdue, seniors in Leadership seminar took the initiative to create another one for the 2019-2020 school year.
This video took a lot of time and preparation. Someone who had a big part in this was senior Taylor Lang. “There was a lot of thought and stress put into it leading up to it. I first reached out to each organization asking if there was interest in participating, and once I got a response, I started mapping out where each group would be. After that, I walked through the path several times timing out which part certain organizations would be shown in. I placed most organizations at random. The main key within the whole process was communication, reaching out to organizations, teachers, and staff to make sure everything ran as smooth as possible. It wasn’t an easy job though, but I wasn’t going to give up.”
Although many freshmen here at IHS had no idea what this was, most of them were still excited to participate. Freshman Andrew Anderson stated, “I didn’t even know what a lip dub was, but it was still pretty cool.” Freshman Kara Somerville added, “I was surprised that the school did a lip dub, I hadn’t heard of them before, but it didn’t seem like something the school would do.”
Most students think that the lip dub turned out well. Lang stated, “I believe the lip dub turned out amazing. Compared to the one done five years ago, you can see how much has changed in the high school, and how IHS will always be proud. Going into it I knew it would be a challenge but I was willing to take on anything that was thrown my way to make it as great as possible. I’m very proud of how it turned out and hope everyone enjoyed the filming process and enjoys watching it.”
Each organization gave it their all and showed their best school spirit. Anderson says that the football team was the most energetic, but Lang says otherwise. She expressed that, “There are two groups that stick out to me the most when I think about who represented themselves the best. The first group that comes to mind is Track and Cross Country. They were very cooperative throughout the process and were very good at listening to instructions. On the actual filming day, each time that we walked past them there was a different thing added to what they were doing. The first time they were sweeping with mops, the next time they were holding their trophy, and the last time they were throwing bread due to their saying, “Let’s get this bread.”
“I also complimented the two representatives Jack Finegan and Maddie Caroff on their backpedaling skills while still being able to Lip Sync, and while talking to Harley Kessler about how good it was, she said, ‘It’s because that’s our warm up’ which I found funny. I also believe the Dance Team represented themselves well, being a close friend of Lauren Berezansky, I know they put a lot of thought into what they were doing for their part and executed it very well.”
The lip dub was a great way for all of the students at IHS to show school spirit and it was a bonding opportunity for all.
[Photo by Erik Puskar]
Photo Caption: “Seniors Taylor Lang and Harley Kessler kicked off the opening scene of the IHS lip-dub.”
Meghan is a freshman and this is her first year on the High Arrow staff. She is excited to write useful and truthful articles.