Lincoln-Way West Lip Dub Celebrates School Spirit and Welcomes New Students
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Six months after the idea was formed, the final product arrived. Through an incredible amount of brainstorming, planning, practicing, and editing, Lincoln Way West released the long-awaited video this afternoon. Inspired by the anticipation of gaining nearly 600 new students in the fall of 2016, the students and staff of Lincoln-Way West High School created a lip dub to celebrate their school spirit in its many forms, and to welcome the new students who will join them.

The idea began last October with the hope that students and staff could build excitement by displaying the many opportunities that Lincoln-Way West High School offers. The lip dub provided a unique way in which to convey their message.

A staff committee and student committee were formed as the school began the planning process. In total, over 60 students were featured lip dub singers, and an additional 70 students participated in the final dance performance. Every activity and athletic team had a student representative as a designated contact, and each planned the attire and visuals for their group.

"It was really cool to see all the clubs show off their own unique styles, and it was more school spirit than I've ever seen," said senior, Morgan Austin.

Featured lip dub students and dancers attended two practices before the day of the filming, and the contact from each group attended multiple meetings before school. In the final product, over 60 clubs and athletic teams, 1200 students, and 100 staff members were featured.

Principal Monica Schmitt commented, "It's been an unbelievable experience to see everything come together. It was a privilege to watch the video with our students and see the pride they take in being students at Lincoln-Way West. I couldn't be prouder of our staff and students."

The video can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnUv2ZraoZs.

Contributors to note include:
Executive Staff Committee: Brigid Guevara, Heather Novak, Christine Petrovski, Anne Shanahan
Lip Dub Staff Committee: Steve Borchert, Meagan Cremieux, Jim DeFrank, Lea Fortkamp, Mary Hilbert, Brian Miller, Sara Pavlik, Jeff Render, Cary Ruklic, Melissa Sweeney
Featured Staff Members: Karla Horn, Dr. Monica Schmitt, Beth Biesen, Jim DeFrank
Camerawork: Steve Borchert
Assembly Dance Track Production & Choreography: Justine Haw
Video Production & Editing: Christine Petrovski, Mary Beth Deady, Brian Miller