Lip sync magic in the air: MOHS 2018 Lip Dub premiere!

Gathering in the stadium on June 6th, students and faculty prepare to film the final shot in the 2018 Lip Dub. 

School spirit is strong at Mount Olive High School where the TV 4 students just released "Mount Olive High School Lip Dub 2018." The 10-minute video, which received over 9,000 views on YouTube in the first 24 hours of its release, features students and faculty from MOHS, many of whom showed school spirit with their clubs and sports teams.

Organizing and planning the video has been a year-long endeavor. Since the last Lip Dub video premiered in 2016, many of the TV students have been thinking about how they could make another lip dub video but not in the same way. The TV 4 students and Lip Dub Crew in charge of producing the 2018 video were: John Cowap, Venesa Dervishi, Deven Diamantis, Jyrelle Garcia, Izzy Hendrickson, Sarah Lee, Peter Liberopoulos, Will Shea, Kara Saucyn, and Kyle Warowski.

After ample planning, the first scene recorded for the Lip Dub was filmed the beginning of November, and the final scene featuring the whole school was shot in the new stadium on June 6th. Garcia said, "We hope this year's lip dub shows how much our school has changed and has even more school spirit."

Even Mr. Kevin R. Stansberry, MOHS Principal, got in on the action, appearing in one of the opening shots and lip synching to "24 Karat Magic" by Bruno Mars.

Diamantis worked on the production of the video and said, "One of the skills I have learned is how to pay closer attention to detail. What makes a Lip Dub amazing, or any video in that matter, is making sure there is no little blemishes that people will start to notice after the third and fourth time they watch it. From the empty spaces between people to the dark, gray clouds in the sky, it all matters. We learned how to notice, prevent, and fix those minor blemishes to make the video amazing."

Shea, who was one of the students in charge of editing the video transitions between shots, said, "The most rewarding thing about working on the Lip Dub is seeing all of your hard work and preparation turn into an amazing final product. I'm always proud whenever I watch it and think about everything that went into each shot."

Liberopoulos, who is in one of the opening shots of the Lip Dub with Student Council, said he learned valuable teamwork skills during the making of the video. His favorite part of the whole process is seeing people happy as they watch the final product.

Hendrickson echoed similar sentiments and said, "This has been a year-long process so slowly seeing everything come together brings us all a lot of happiness and excitement for the final product and for people to finally see what we've been doing."

Mr. Chris Praml is the TV 4 adviser. He, and several members from the TV 4 crew, will be featured on WRNJ radio as they discuss the production of the Lip Dub video. The video was also featured on NJ News 12. 


Biodiversity basics: IDI Environmental Club teaches program at Tinc

Second grade students at Tinc Road Elementary School listen to IDI Environmental Club members talk about biodiversity.

From an elementary school student's perspective high school students are tall, cool role models, so when the IDI Environmental Club went to Tinc Road Elementary School to present to three second grade classes, the high school students had captivated audiences.

IDI, which stands for Inform, Defend, and Improve, is a club run by Mr. Todd Schultze for students who care about environmental issues and want to help enact change in the local community. Students who participated in the Tinc Road teaching experience were Karan Bhullar, Josh Charley, Cat Hunter, Kayla Lavery, April Lugo, Abigail Mensonides, Jenna Ricker, Michael Struble, Marilyn Torres, and Kathleen Wooster.

Struble, the president of the club, and Lugo, the vice president of the education initiative, were responsible for some of the planning and organizing of the trip. As a graduating senior, Struble's goal was to help the underclassmen get involved in the planning and teaching so they are prepared to run the trip in subsequent years. He was impressed with the second grade students and said, "I was surprised how much these kids knew about the problems in the environment. Before we started our presentation, one of the teachers said biodiversity might be a tough subject for the students to comprehend, but the students had no problem following along and participating."

Mr. Schultze said that one of the goals of the club is to provide environmental education to the general public and to the students in the district. He said, "This is the second year we traveled to Tinc Road School to meet with some of the elementary classes. In the past we have also put together informational booths and learning games at green fairs and during Safe Trick or Treat."

The program took place in the Tinc Road School Library, with three second grade classes in attendance. Mr. Schultze began with a question and answer session about biodiversity, what it is, and how it can be threatened or harmed. Then, Lugo presented on "HIPPO," an acronym for remembering threats to biodiversity which stands for Habitat destruction, Invasive species, Population, Pollution, and Overexploitation.

The second grade students then broke up into smaller groups and worked with the high school students, looking at pictures of fauna and flora and discussing which HIPPO threats affected them. The second graders went to various stations learning more about biodiversity, and the presentation concluded with them talking about what they learned at the stations.

Ricker and Mensonides were responsible for talking about habitat destruction with the students. Mensonides said, "Many of the students had interesting questions about the topic and a good number even brought their own knowledge of environmental issues into the conversation."

Ricker agreed and added, "My favorite part of working with the students was seeing their interest in topics that I wasn't sure they would like. I was very surprised to see how engaged they were and how much they wanted to learn. The sympathy that they showed for the animals was really amazing and the questions they asked exceeded my expectations."

The IDI Environment students also recently participated in an outdoor education experience and campus and trail clean-up. Beginning at unit lunch, they walked the path from the high school to Turkey Brooke Park/Myers Pond and cleaned up any trash they found along the way.

Isabella Foley who attended the trip said, "As a group we were able to fill numerous trash bags and beautify Turkey Brooke/Myers Pond. It was a great experience, not only being outdoors but getting the opportunity to make a difference in the community along with others who care about making the Earth a better place!"

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