Spanish Springs HS Takes Center Stage on GMA

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Nevada First Lady Kathleen Sandoval issued this statement about the Spanish Springs finalist announcement:

“I was so impressed with the video and the hours of hard work Spanish Springs students put into it,” First Lady Kathleen Sandoval said.  “Through the use of music and dance, the video brings to light the struggles that every teenager faces. I congratulate the students of Spanish Springs High School for shining a light on these issues and I wish them the very best as the competition continues.”

You can watch the video HERE.

SPANISH SPRINGS, NV -- Spanish Springs High School is a finalist for the "Good Morning America" Katy Perry contest.

Last month, pop music star Katy Perry appeared on GMA right here on KOLO 8, challenging high school students around the country to remake her "Roar" music video.

The students at Spanish Springs High School took on the challenge.
KOLO 8 News Now has learned the submission is one of the top five nationwide finalists.

"That'd be huge... I'd be speechless,” says senior Cole Anderson. “Having the chance to have Katy Perry come here... It's more than your average senior in high school gets.”

With the grand prize being a private concert at the school, the students got to work taking lessons from the classroom and using them in real life. Impressing even broadcast teacher Mike Bowers, “This is all of the kids. They came up with the idea, they wrote the screenplay.”

But trying to get a superstar to come to the school is not easy.

“During the beginning we thought maybe this can't happen, maybe we don't have a chance,” senior Jordyn Owens said.

“It's been really eye opening for the kids,” continues Bowers. “They're learning project management.. They're learning cooperation.”

The hardest part for the students: controlling the chaos. And for Anderson, every step before filming, “I'd say the hardest part is the pre production and the developing of the story idea.”

Things were almost derailed when the smell of natural gas inside the school threatened to keep the students from finishing the video, evacuating the campus for the final rally shot. Fortunately, everything was okay and with the help of some local professionals, the students were able to make a quality video to brag about.


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