Bradshaw principal’s video message goes viral
Promotes sleep, breakfast, high scores on AzMERIT tests
Principal Kort Miner’s rap video, with its educational message, has been so popular, students at Bradshaw Mountain High School are demanding another one from the school’s leader.
The video, produced by Joselynn Beesom and Jasmine Sotello, was recorded over four days. Beesom and Sotello spent two days editing the final production in the studio; it was released at the end of March.
In it, Miner promotes a great night’s sleep and a good breakfast in order for students to perform well on the AzMERIT tests now in progress. He is up on stage with students, behind a drum set, outside looking in administrative office windows, on the soccer field, in the classroom, and on the roof.
Shaking his hips and snapping his fingers, Miner said the dance steps and cavorting come naturally. “I have been busting moves for a long period of time,” he stated in an email Monday.
Miner begins with “Let’s kick it” and ends with “A word to your mother.” Lyrics are concise and impart encouragement, as in this: “Just keep pushing, we never stop, taking test scores right to the top.”
Other lines are just plain fun: “Quick to the point, there’s no fakin’, things are cookin’ like a pound of bacon.”
Yes, Miner wrote the words. It is silly, but it gets the point across and students like it.
“This was one way we were hoping we could reach our students to excite them about the AzMERIT test. We were hoping that a little humor and corniness would catch their attention,” the principal said. “With over 1.1 million likes and over 75,000 views, it looks like it worked.”
So well, in fact, that students are insisting on a sequel.
“I told them that if we really improve on our scores, admin will make another one for next year,” Miner promised.
To view the video, visit dCourier.com or the Bradshaw Mountain High School Facebook page, click on Videos, and select “I triple dog dare you to fully watch this AzMERIT video.”