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Naperville North creates LMFAO lip dub video

Naperville North created a lip dub video using LMFAO songs. Students show off their sports and clubs throughout the video that is getting thousands of hits on YouTube. (Courtesy Naperville North)

Naperville North created a lip dub video using LMFAO songs. Students show off their sports and clubs throughout the video that is getting thousands of hits on YouTube. (Courtesy Naperville North)

They’re Huskies and they know it, but they want the world to know it too.

Naperville North High School is racking up hits on its recently released YouTube video, a “lip dub” of LMFAO songs “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It,” which they’ve changed into “Huskie Rock Anthem” and “I’m a Huskie and I Know It.”

“We are so excited about the spirit it shows,” said Jennifer Baumgartner, dean of student activities. “It really shows who Naperville North is.”

The lip dub has been in the works since fall as the school usually produces a video for its year-end awards assembly. While past videos have traditionally featured the seniors, this year administrators including Principal Kevin Pobst decided to go all out and include the whole school. They took some inspiration from lip dubs at other area schools.

Tobey Sanford, a special education resource teacher at North, rewrote the LMFAO song lyrics and worked with North staff members Katie Genovesi, Mark Skarr and Russ Blevins as well as 2011 alumni Zach Scott, now a film student with his own production company.

The crew spent numerous late nights in the empty school mapping out each scene for the video, the majority of which was filmed in one continuous shot. Teachers and coaches helped organize their clubs and teams and a group of about 70 seniors came in on a Sunday to rehearse their lip synching roles.

“I totally underestimated how much effort, communication and organization it would take to orchestrate 3,000 people in the right spots at the right times,” Sanford said.

During the main shoot on April 27, they had only two run-throughs to get it right. Baumgartner called it “controlled chaos.”

The video starts with “Huskie Rock Anthem” as the camera enters the front door of the school and pan through cheering students and staff lining the halls.

“Huskie rock is in the house tonight. Everybody just have a good time,” they sing. “Our classes will improve our minds. And we always seem to have a good time.”

The camera glides through the library, cafeteria, theater and offices as students in Huskie gear and costumes dance, sing and cheer while representing their clubs and sports.

“In my school, Huskie pride,” one sings. “Rocking with my friends on the north side.”

Halfway through, they transition into “I’m a Huskie and I Know It,” as the camera moves through the weight room filled with football players pumping iron as the line “Just look at that Huskie” plays over and over.

“When I walk on the field, this is what I see. Everybody stops and they’re staring at me. We’re got passion at our school and I ain’t afraid to show it,” they sing. “I’m a Huskie and I know it.

The camera takes a dive into the pool where swimmers dance underwater and then into the locker rooms, gym and fieldhouse.

“At the end of the day I still work to build my resume,” students sing. “When I apply to college I won’t be nervous. I do three club sports and community service.”

In place of the infamous “wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle,” from the original song, students “dribble dribble dribble dribble dribble,” “scribble scribble scribble scribble scribble” and “fiddle fiddle fiddle fiddle fiddle.”

The video culminates with about three dozen seniors decked out in graduation garb dancing on the 50-yard line of the school’s football field.

Senior Devon Lloyd, captain of the dance team, choreographed the football field dance and said she is proud to have been part of the project.

“It was so much fun, and I feel like he (Sandford) did a great job,” Lloyd said. “It just brought us all together.”

The video debuted during an all-school assembly Monday and is posted on YouTube where it already has garnered more than 17,000 views.

Scott said the roar of the crowd at North after they watched the video was rewarding.

“We accomplished a lot, broke boundaries,” he said. “I think it turned out amazing.”

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