Issaquah High School rocks — literally

May 18, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Explosions in the science lab, watermelon smashing and a lot of crazy cars and dancing were the order of the day as Issaquah High School students made a music video May 13.

“This is awesome and probably the best thing we’ve ever done as a school,” senior Artem Sorkin said. “To see the energy and everyone dressed up, it’s incredible.”

The school’s video production and broadcast class, led by seniors, set up the hourlong video shoot to do three takes for part of the school’s end-of-the-year video.

The video is usually a tribute to seniors mainly, senior Elise Lapasin said, but the students wanted to leave more of a legacy.

Buddy Bland, Issaquah High School video production adviser, runs through throngs of students during the school’s music video shoot. By Chantelle Lusebrink

The music video they produced to the song “I Gotta Feeling,” by the Black Eyed Peas, includes every student and faculty member. They had to clear it through the school’s administration to shoot.

“We’ve been planning it for well over a year, this part since December,” said Buddy Bland, the school video production adviser and physical education teacher. “We pitched it to the principal and she said she thought it was cool, and told us to go for it.”

“It’s really fun,” Principal Paula Phelps said. “It’s an idea that includes every kid and every teacher, and is a real school spirit and morale thing.

“It’s also kind of a last hurrah around the old campus,” she added of the school’s rebuild, which started this year.

“The whole video will be around 40 minutes and this is one piece,” said senior Michelle Benzinger, a co-organizer with fellow senior Bobby Johnson. “It really gives us a sense of pride, especially since our school is being torn down. It’s been here since the ’60s and it’s the oldest Issaquah high school.

“It will recognize the old school and recognize the new school,” Benzinger said. “Some of our most powerful students are featured, but the cool part is everyone has had a part to play.”

Students got the idea from an earlier music video made by Shorecrest and Shorewood high schools in Shoreline. Those videos went viral on YouTube and logged more than 1.5 million hits together.

“Shorecrest totally inspired us,” senior Kaley Allison said. “But we wanted to take it further. That one only included a few kids. We wanted to do it bigger and better and include the whole school.”

You can see the video on YouTube beginning the night of June 8, after it’s presented to the student body at its end-of-the-year assembly. Students will file it under the search query “Issaquah High School lip dub/I Gotta Feeling.”

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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