It's not often that hallways are packed with students on a holiday, but at White Mountains Regional High School, 185 kids are working on a masterpiece called a lip dub. It's when people in a school or office all lip-sync to music in one long shot.
"In the land of YouTube and Twitter and Facebook, it fits very nicely with an activity that they can enjoy," said Mike Berry, the principal at White Mountains Regional High School.
It's an all or nothing deal-- one shot, no editing. Music is dubbed in later. Monday's shoot will be the third year the students have taken part in the project.
"You have to be able to take it seriously enough to let yourself have fun. But you have, you know, that even though it is supposed to be a fun thing to do, it has to look good," said James Alexander, the cameraman for the project.
In between multiple practice takes the lip dub committee talks over what was good and what needs improvement. The principal says there are a lot of learning elements at play, from memorizing lines to problem solving.
"We want our kids coming up here and working together, hanging out with one another, spending time with people they might not spend time with to have one project," Berry said.
"In my classes, I'm usually with one group of kids in each of my classes, but I get to see kids that I haven't really talked to in awhile. So, reconnecting and having a common goal for everyone is one of the best parts of the whole thing," said Laura Kopp, a senior.
This is Bruce Savage's first year taking part. It's all voluntary.
"I'm not really big on the whole being out here in front of everybody," said Savage, a senior.
And this dairy farmer doesn't really think school is his thing. But as he nears graduation, he's realizing that in some ways diversity is what this lip dub is all about.
"It's not just one type of student at White Mountains. They bring in all the different types of people into it and I figured I would be a good contribution to it, I guess," Savage said.
"In the end it gives us a lot of school pride," Berry said. "We have a lot of pride in what we do here. We are a good little high school in Northern New Hampshire."
Students who are putting themselves on the map and at the same time maybe becoming the internet's next viral sensation.
The video should be complete and posted online in about a week. We are not going to spoil the ending by showing the video, but picture you favorite high school teachers all doing the Gangnam-style dance.
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