By Samantha Stuefer and Baylee Colburn –
Festivus is a uniquely Lincoln High tradition. It’s a day when students and staff get out of school for the afternoon to gather outside for food, fun, and games. The food and activities are provided by clubs, and it gives them an opportunity to raise money. It also gives students an opportunity to have some fun.
Booths lined the sidewalks, we got to dunk the principal, Mark Larson, and eat so much good food.
For the first time in its 18-year history, Festivus was postponed for a week this year due to a stormy forecast, and clubs were already to start making food, but they had to wait just one more week. Once Festivus finally happened, many people were pleased.
“It’s been amazing,” first year Lincoln High art teacher Jen Deetz, said. “For the last three hours, I’ve been making quesadillas, and then we totally sold out. I’ve never been to a school event where I see all the kids involved. Everybody’s here.”
This year’s Festivus had a special twist to it. It provided the backdrop for Lincoln High’s second annual Lip Dub. A lip dub is a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. Or in other terms, it’s a video of a ton of people dancing around while lip synching to a variety of music. Filming the lip dub at
Festivus helped capture all the different things Festivus has to offer such as the dunk tank, the rock wall, the inflatables, and all the food. English teacher Jack Bisbee has contributed his all in creating these dubs (this is his second production for the school). When asked what impact the lip dub has had on Lincoln High students and staff he said, “I think people want to express themselves who don’t get a chance
to in their other clubs or groups we have at school. If they’re not into athletics, choir, or theatre they still want to perform and have a good time doing something extra curricular. This is an opportunity to do that.”
How has it changed things at Lincoln High? “I think students are starting to respond. They’re watching it on YouTube and seeing how much fun people who have been involved are having and they want to get involved. Kids that you would never think would want to do this are asking me if they can do it next year. And I think that’s just inspiring to see kids who don’t normally get involved want to do something just like this.”
Social Studies teacher Lindsey Herting also contributed her time and effort toward creating this year’s dub.
“This year I was Speaker Box lady. I was the person who followed Mr.Bisbee around and tried to not be in the camera. And just make sure that everyone is able to hear their music,” Herting said. She also commented on the way it changed Lincoln High. “I think there seems to be some kids who find some identity and find some excitement about being a part of it that wouldn’t necessarily maybe feel excite- ment or some type of connection besides just being a student at Lincoln High.”
Since this year’s dub was filmed during Festivus, all of the students at Lincoln High had the chance to be shown in the video. But the main leads of this year’s dub were Justin Holbein, Kennedy Logs- don, Dietrich Hitt, LHS Varsity, JV, and Freshman cheerleaders, Micah Oman, The Pomalinks, Student Council, Ground Zero, Show Choir, Swim team, Schawn Marr-League, Susan Hertzler, Jennifer Allen, Jill Able, Laura Aten, Emily Martinez, Sara Rush, and Carter Yost.
Check it out on YouTube by clicking here.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tfa1KrKMBE