Lakewood High School students are looking to raise funds for those affected by the Colorado floods, and have entered a competition to get a little help from pop megastar Katy Perry.
Students and student groups at Lakewood banded together to create a lip dub video to one of Perry's songs, in the hopes of bringing her to the school.
Perry's latest single is called "Roar," and she is teaming up with "Good Morning America" for a music video contest, where the winner will receive a live concert by Perry to be held at the school on or around Oct. 25 and broadcast on "Good Morning America."
According to Lakewood principal Ron Castagna, the students had done a lip dub video to one of Perry's songs before, and was looking to do one again this year.
"This was all before any of the floods happened, and then we heard about the contest," Castagna said. "We thought if we were lucky enough to win, we might be able to use this as a huge fundraiser for flood victims."
Courtney Coddington, a senior at the school and student body president, said that "Roar" was a perfect fit for the school, since the mascot is the tigers.
Since the idea for recording a video had been proposed before any of the flooding, students were expecting to have a much longer time frame to work on the video, but Perry's announcement put everything on a rush.
"We were expecting a six-month time frame, and then we heard about a contest, and had about a week-and-a-half instead," Coddington said. "It was pretty crazy setting it up, but we had so many groups and students sign up who were so into it and so spirited."
The filming became part of the school's homecoming week, and was filmed on Friday, Sept. 20. They filmed the entire four-minute song, but entries to the contest have to be two minutes long, so Coddington said the next goal is to whittle the film down and add some edits to make it the best entry.
Coddington credited cinematographer and editor Gavin Rudy and Adam Ronscavage, with Tiger TV, with making the work possible.
The final version was turned in on Oct. 1.
"As a senate and school we really wanted to raise money for the flood victims, and turning this into a huge benefit concert if we win sounded great," Coddington said. "We've learned so much doing this, and I'm going to be happy whether we win or not."
Castagna said the video was a great chance for for the students to think about others and work to help them.
The video has already received some attention from Perry herself. On Sept. 25 she tweeted and posted on Facebook about it.
The winner of the lip dub contest will be notified Oct. 10.