By Leah Schmalz
West Stanly High School’s mascot may be a colt, but the students, faculty and staff are letting out a roar. Less than two weeks ago, they recorded a video for Katy Perry’s song “Roar” as part of a national contest to have the music star perform at the school. While that prize might be enough to motivate any school to participate, the underlying goal for WSHS was a boost in school spirit.
Karen Brown, who teaches family consumer science at WSHS, was one of the driving forces behind the video. “If we don’t win, we already have,” she said. According to Brown, increasing school spirit has been a focus of the faculty recently due to the ways it improves attendance and classroom dynamics. “When they’re having fun and they like coming to school, then…they want to do good at school. They start embracing that whole thought of doing well in the classroom,” she said. Principal Kim Page agrees. “This is the best drop out prevention we could ever have,” she said.
The school spent two and half days recording the video before and after classes and during lunch, so as not to cut into instruction time. Art teacher Tim Kroll assisted with the recording and production. The video went live on YouTube around 9:30 am on Sunday, September 29. Since then it’s reached more than 30,000 views. It has also been featured several times on “Good Morning America,” the host of the contest. […]