A Facebook campaign sought to derail the effort with a skip day. Yet in the end, Kearney High School’s lip dub hit a Bulldog pride home run.“That’s the most spirit I think I’ve seen in my 22 years here,” Bulldog Broadcast Network teacher Lyndall Dodson said during a Feb. 16 Kearney Board of Education meeting.Aren’t familiar with the Internet sensation that is the school lip dub? Think of it like the music video version of a homecoming parade. In Kearney High School’s case, all students and staff members make an appearance in a video where they lip sync to Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life.” The video, which was shot throughout the school at the beginning of a school day, highlights student groups and staff members in a playful light. For instance, the opening features principal David Schwarzenbach gasping as a male student wearing a fur coat, crown and sunglasses enters the building after arriving on a tractor. Hallway scenes feature everything from swim team members sporting rubber duckie inner tubes to a student playing air guitar while wearing a mullet wig to a dancing panda. The project began this past fall when superintendent Bill Nicely sent Dodson a link to Olathe Northwest High School’s lip dub video. Then, Dodson asked seniors Marci Lopez and Shelby Filbeck to work on a Kearney lip dub. From there, the two students oversaw all aspects.During a Thursday, Feb. 16, Kearney Board of Education meeting, Lopez and Filbeck were recognized by the board. The two told of the roadblocks they had along the way, including an effort by students who thought the project was lame and tried to organize a skip day on filming day.The positive energy while filming and the comments from students following the filming made Lopez and Filbeck realize they had succeeded after all.“After it was over, I heard someone saying to two people who got to school late, ‘It was so much fun. You missed it,’” Lopez said.The students and Dodson said that in hindsight, they wished they had used a camera stabilizing mount and should have gone through the performance two more times. They video was shot on the third try.Board members and school administrators praised the video and said they found it quite entertaining.Of the air guitar player with the mullet, board member Steve McDonald light-heartedly reminded the students that mullets used to be in style.Dodson said he would guess there would be interest in producing another lip dub next school year, although he doesn’t think the phenomenon will stick along long-term.“Like the mullet, it will pass,” Dodson said.
To see Kearney’s lip dub, search for “Kearney High School lip dub” on YouTube and select the one by KBulldogBroadcasting. (Another Kearney High School also has a lip dub on YouTube.)
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