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Lakeridge students unite for video


Katy Perry contest entry features most of the student body

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge junior Jonathan Grace spearheaded a video project for a Katy Perry contest.The songstress of “Firework” fame hasn’t visited Lakeridge High School, but she’s definitely invited.

Lakeridge junior Jonathan Grace rallied most of the student body to star in a video for the “Good Morning America”/Katy Perry “Roar” Contest. The Pacers joined scads of hopeful U.S. high schoolers who submitted roughly two-minute productions of students lip syncing to Perry’s latest chart-topper, “Roar.” The top entry will earn students an opportunity to hear Perry perform live at their school on Oct. 25, her 29th birthday. The show is slated to air on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“It was the biggest thing I’ve ever done as far as a video project,” said Grace, the Associated Student Body technology director.

He recruited senior Jack Benziger to shoot the video with him in September. Grace also brought on senior Megan Johansen, whom he’d seen perform in acting class, as the lead lip dub-er.

Lakeridge Principal Jennifer Schiele allowed students to fill the halls and commons area during filming. Project participants visited the Oregon Zoo to capture images of a lion lying atop a boulder. The denouement of the video features dozens of Lakeridge teens standing on the football field waving a flag bearing a huge “L” and tossing baby powder up in the air, which looks like geysers of smoke.

Grace said it wasn’t hard to rope in hundreds of students for the project.

“People were excited, and we had the incentive to win and have Katy Perry here,” Grace said.

The ASB team helped plan the project and craft the contest’s required 100-word essay after Grace posted his first draft on Facebook and asked for input.

He edited the recordings, polished off the write-up and shipped off the finished product. Students completed the whole project within a few days.

“It was a video for the whole school, so it belongs to the school,” Grace said. “I couldn’t have pulled it off without some help.”

Judges, including Perry and “Good Morning America” representatives, are assessing entries based on factors including creativity, on-air appeal, wow factor and originality.

The winner will be announced on Oct. 18. Whatever the outcome, Schiele, who suggested Grace take on the contest, said she is proud of her students.

“They worked extremely hard to finish this video in a short amount of time, and it shows an amazing amount of school spirit,” she said. “They love Katy Perry, and they love being Pacers.”

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.