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High School musical smack down

It’s like a real life West Side story, only not as violent and more plausible. And right here in the Pacific Northwest.

Dueling video classes take their rivalry to YouTube

Technotica blogger Helen Popkin writes “In an impressive AV throwdown, Seattle high school students did some amazing work that serves as a much-needed palate cleanser to the “sexting” and cyberbullying rhetoric we usually hear about tech-savvy teens.”

When Javier Cáceres walks the halls of Shorewood High School, he is greeted as a rock star, a conquering hero … the guy who engineered the defending blow against Seattle rival Shorecrest.

This aggressive defense didn’t occur on the gridiron, or even at the math Olympics, but in front of the entire nation on YouTube. Earlier this year, Shorecrest issued a bold challenge to its archrivals in the form of a massively multi-performer, lip-sync video done in a single, unedited take, what’s known on the InterWebs as a “lip dub.”

Produced by the school’s video class, Shorecrest served Shorewood to the tune of possibly the greatest song of the Aughts, OutKast’s “Hey Ya!”

Shorewood responded by popping open a can of “Hall & Oates” whoop-ass; its own lip dub set to the ’70s hit “You Make My Dreams Come True.” Under the direction of Cáceres and Marty Ballew’s Video Production 1 class, they filmed it all in one take per the rules.

And they did it completely in reverse.

Now, with YouTube views rolling into the tens of thousands, not to mention Twitter competition commentary from Shorecrest alum Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute on “The Office”), the two schools may well be responsible for one of the first Internet memes of 2010.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.