- Sponsorship -

Heart-Pumping Lip Dub Promotes Screenings

A student runs into the school, bends over and catches his breath. Then he gives his heart a tap and continues on his way.

So begins a lip-dub video produced by Northview High School students and staff to promote heart health in West Michigan. The playful montage of students lip-syncing to pop tunes kicked off a week of raising funds and awareness to support future heart screenings for high school students and their families.

The video was shown at an assembly featuring remarks by Ryan Klingler, former coach of Wes Leonard, the Fennville High School basketball star who died of a heart attack in 2011 after scoring the winning basket for his team. Metro Health began the screening program with the Wes Leonard Heart Foundation.

Northview and West Catholic high schools teamed with Metro Health to help prevent such tragedies with free heart screenings. Northview students raised funds by selling T-shirts and having a “change war” of loose coins. A physician spoke at the boys and girls varsity basketball games earlier this month.

The nearly eight-minute lip dub brought buzz to the effort by featuring about 30 lip-syncing singers and almost all of Northview High’s 1,178 students.  It was put together by the Student Council and National Honor Society plus a few faculty members.Metro Health sent a thank you to Northview students for promoting heart screenings with a lip dub

“We’re trying to stop what happened to Wes Leonard, from happening to other kids,” said Austin Hendrick, student council president, who spearheaded the effort. “We wanted to portray the message while incorporating school spirit.”

Choreographing a Whole School 

Hendrick began planning the video over Christmas break after he and other students met with Metro Health staff. He and multi-media teacher Dave Tull plotted out the route through the school, tapped studentgroups to take part and students to sing each section.

Everyone from the band and winter sports teams to cheerleaders and the diversity club joined in. Assisted by students Katie Oomkes and Lucas Story, Hendrick and Tull conducted four practice runs before the big day. The original camera person had to back out at the last minute, but Spencer Schaefer gamely stepped in.

On the day of the shoot, students poured out of their classrooms and assumed their positions. As Tull carried a boom box playing the tunes “Safe and Sound” and “We Got the Beat,” students lined the hallways while the lip-sync performers slinked backward between them. Off camera, a couple of hundred students ran from the cafeteria to the auditorium for the final scene. 

Along the way, the student who ran into the school, Kyle Rohen, is seen getting his heart checked and doing jumping jacks. In the final scene, he raises his arms triumphantly while students sing the school fight song, his heart strong.

“It was a learning process for everyone,” Austin said. “It was pretty crazy but it was a lot of fun.”

CONNECT

Northview High School Lip Dub 2014

Wes Leonard Heart Foundation

- Sponsorship -
Charles Honey
Charles Honey
Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers Rockford and Grand Rapids. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio or email Charles.

LATEST ARTICLES

Learning from a place full of living things

Rebecca Perry and her class of eager kindergartners spent their morning exploring the newly redone Living Lab at Zinser Elementary...

Mapping the road to learning

Elementary teachers Billie Freeland and Nicole Andreas are at the forefront of using a curriculum designed to further educational goals, regardless of whether students are in person or online...

‘Even though it is extra work, I don’t mind the changes’

Teachers of specialty subjects — art, music and physical education — share their experiences after the pandemic prompts changes to class procedures...

Bus drivers work as daytime cleaners during pandemic

It’s also a plus to have familiar faces around school...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

Making masks more fun

A face mask tie-dying activity teaches East Oakview developmental kindergartners teamwork and patience while also supporting a very local business...

May bond passage projects underway

Improvements come from a $36.7 million, no-mill increase bond for building and systems upgrades throughout the district, approved by voters...

Masking up for all-sports golf and beyond

Gym is a challenging class to teach during a pandemic. But teachers are finding creative ways to get heart rates up while playing by the rules...
- Sponsorship -

HOW'S SCHOOL TODAY?

Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...

RADEMACHER & FRIENDS

Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maranda Where You LiveWGVU

SUSTAINING SPONSORS