More than 2,700 Lakewood High School students and staff celebrated pop star Katy Perry's birthday on Friday, Oct. 25.
Perry came to the school with the "Good Morning America" TV show to reward the students with a concert for winning a lip dub contest against four other finalists and numerous other entries from across the country. The school's video featured Perry's latest single, "Roar," from her new album "Prism."
Despite the early morning — students gathered in the gym around 4 a.m. — there were few signs of weariness, only excitement.
Perry was escorted into the gym by school football players to the screams and cheers of students. She and her women dancers hit the stage wearing cheerleader outfits emblazoned "Tigers." Her male dancers and musicians wore Lakewood Tiger football jerseys.
"That you did that video in one shot was just so cool," Perry told the cheering crowd. "The unification of everyone coming together and roaring for me was great."
After a spirited performance of "Roar," Perry sang "Walking on Air" from her new album, and followed with three hits, "Firework," "California Girls" and "Teenage Dream."
"We've been here since 4 a.m., and the show was awesome," said student Bryan Muir, who participated in making of the winning video. "I was completely astounded that we won."
Sam Champion, a "Good Morning America" host, told the crowd that the students' video has made a difference, not only for people at GMA, but all over the country.
"We all feel like we know you and will follow you," he said.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter and Gov. John Hickenlooper attended the concert.
"The students here obviously have great spirit," Hickenlooper said. "I think the school winning shows any student at any school in Colorado that they can do anything."
Courtney Coddington, a senior at the school and student body president, and videographer Gavin Rudy, had the chance to meet Perry and talk with her a little about the process.
"I'm just amazed and shocked. I got to hug her and talked to her," Coddington said. "I don't know how to express how much I've learned during this whole process. It's changed my outlook on everything."
In honor of Perry's birthday, the crowd sang "Happy Birthday." Das Meyer bakery brought her a cake, and the school gave her a letter jacket.
"I appreciate your love and support so much, and I'm so happy to be here," she told the crowd. "Stay in school, because things like this can happen."
More photos of the event are available at the Jeffco School's Facebook page here.