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Cooper High chosen as one of five finalists in video competition

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:37:13 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 10 2013 08:32:35 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Some Cooper High School students will be on Good Morning America Thursday morning.

Cooper was chosen as one of five finalists in a nationwide video contest. Singer/actress Katy Perry challenged students to make their own rendition of her music video "Roar" and hundreds of schools responded, including Cooper.

The Cougars decided to make their video about those who usually aren't in the spotlight.

"We do have a wide variety of students that we have on campus, we have refugees, we have special ed students, there's a lot of stories that are untold," said Cooper High student Jasminh Abor who made the decision to enter the video contest.

Those untold stories are now being heard and seen all over the country. Everyone involved in the video said the song not only describes the student body, but the schools reputation as well.

"The story is kind of Cooper’s story as well. We are always kind of overshadowed by our cross-town rivals and the kids are always like, ‘oh this is the ghetto school and we don't have as much money,’ and you know people are always trying to put our school in a box," said Cooper High teacher Deborah Kirby who helped put the video together.

Students and teachers hope that's about to change.

"This video’s kind of blown that out of the water. Now we’re a family and we are all broken and I think it's really cool to see all these people with all their different brokenness come together and say, ‘okay we’re broken, but we're broken together, we're going to help build each other up,’" said Kirby.

Katy Perry will choose the winner of the contest from five finalist high schools. That will be announced on the 18th. Whichever school wins the contest will be treated to a concert by Katy Perry at their school October 25th.