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

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"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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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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