Watch: Katy Perry "Roar" lip dub video by Lakewood High School in Colorado

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Update, 10/18/13: And the winner is...Lakewood High School. Katy Perry picked the school this morning and is coming to perform next Friday.

It was fate -- sort of. Lakewood High School's lip-dub to Katy Perry's "Roar" was in fact a submission to Good Morning America's call for such entries, but it wasn't the first time the Colorado school had gone viral with its own Perry rendition. In 2011, the school did a take on "Firework," but hadn't produced another video of it's kind until now.

See also: A list of Colorado flood relief benefit concerts

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Kerry Perry loved the video so much, she gave props on Twitter.

"The past two years people have been asking when we were going to do another lip-dub," says Lakewood High School video teacher and guy in charge of the Perry project, Adam Ronscavage. "But the songs weren't right.'Call Me Maybe'? We weren't going to do a lip-dub for that. It doesn't mean anything."

"We got word that Katy Perry was going to be on Good Morning America and she might show our previous lip synch," says Ronscavage. That didn't happen, but the "ROAR with Katy Perry" contest was announced, and it was the perfect opportunity for the school to work its video-making magic again.

"The principal's wife was watching TV, and as soon as they announced the contest, our principal got on the intercom, literally right then, and said, "Alright you guys. You have two weeks," recalls Adam Ronscavage. "From that minute, we started working on it."

While remaining hush about most of the logistical details of the one-shot performance, Ronscavage says it came down to the students making the most out of three twenty-minute homeroom periods for practice and trusting that it could be done. He put a call out via Google forms, asking student groups to sign up if they wished to participate.

"If it wasn't for the student buy-in in this school -- the students here believe in this place -- even the kids that don't like school still bought into this project and that's the bottom line," says the teacher. "That's what made it work."

Over the course of a handful of meetings, verses were chosen and groups -- like the football team, the diversity club and band -- were placed throughout the school accordingly. What the students did during their segment was up to them, but there was very little time to practice, so it had to be simple.

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19 comments
Jeremy Garaas
Jeremy Garaas

un yea, no video, so I guess you can read about it

Meredc
Meredc

That's a lot of white kids...

Mimi Ryan
Mimi Ryan

This is fantastic. My kids go to DSA and nothing like this has come out of there!

Ellen Zuckerman
Ellen Zuckerman

Good article and fun video...but your article needed a better eye during editing. The administrative leader of a school is a principal, not a "principle." ;)

Betsy Kay
Betsy Kay

this was crazy awesome! what a fun thing to be a part of..you killed it!

Erin Thompson
Erin Thompson

I was thoroughly impressed by their production, but what makes this more amazing is the intent. They want to give the proceeds of the show to the Colorado Flood victims. Fantastic job guys! :)

chekje84
chekje84

i dont even like katy perry but that was impressive. kids looked like they had a lot of fun shooting the vid. good for them :)

breecdavies
breecdavies

@Ellen Zuckerman Thanks for reading, and thank you for catching that. 

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