The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 30, 2013

West Stanly High School roars with Katy Perry

North Carolina school submits video for contest

By B.J. Drye, Editor

Monday, September 30, 2013 — Stanly County may never see an elephant fly, but it now has certainly heard Colts roar.

West Stanly High faculty, staff and students join together and display their school spirit as part of a video contest for “Good Morning America” (GMA).

Pop singer Katy Perry, famous for hits such as “Firework,” “Teenage Dream” and “I Kissed A Girl,” along with GMA, asked for high schools to submit videos with their best renditions of “Roar,” her latest single.

West Stanly jumped at the opportunity to enhance its school spirit.

“We have really worked on building school spirit — really changing the environment where our students will enjoy coming to school,” said Karen Brown, family and consumer science teacher, who along with art teacher Tim Kroll recorded and produced the video.

“I asked kids for ideas of what we can do to represent West Stanly,” Brown said.

“We really worked hard.

“There were some that got left out.

“In a two-minute segment, we tried to represent West Stanly as best as possible.”

The video includes athletes, West Stanly Players, agriculture enthusiasts, the marching band, staff members and others affiliated with the school.

Brown submitted the video to GMA Saturday. Within just a few days the video has already generated a couple thousand views on Youtube. (See for a link to the video.)

“We feel very strongly that if we can get our video to go viral, it will increase our chances,” Brown said.

“We really need people to watch the video and share the video with their contacts.”

A short clip has already aired on GMA.

“We were shown (Monday) morning. It was there in Times Square. That was amazing,” Brown said.

Last week students were watching video submissions from other schools, wishing they could do that, and now they are a part of it, she said.

“It is the talk of the day. It’s just buzzing. That’s going to help us pull together and be proud of who we are,” Brown said.

The winner will be selected Oct. 10, with a performance by Katy Perry scheduled at the winning school near the end of October.

To submit story ideas, contact B.J. Drye at or (704) 982-2121 ext. 25.