White Pines Wins Laurentian University Flash Mob Contest

February 6, 2013 - Winning top marks for “enthusiasm and confidence,” a student-produced “flash mob” video from White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School in Sault Ste. Marie has won Laurentian University’s $10,000 Flash Mob competition.

As the winning school, White Pines C & VS receives a cheque for $10,000 toward graduation celebrations for the class of 2012-13.

The province-wide competition drew more than 40 entries from all parts of the province.  Students planned, choreographed, shot and edited their videos, which included pre-recorded or live music and dance scenes.  All of the videos have been posted on www.youtube.com.

“This is the greatest news.  It was a lot of fun to put our flash mob together, and we got as many students involved as possible, so it was a really big project,” said Mikayla Farkas, Grade 12 student at White Pines and one of the flash mob organizers.  “And now we’re going to be planning a totally awesome Grad for June!” she said.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with both the number of schools choosing to participate, and the quality of video that they developed,” said Laurentian’s Director of Recruitment, Justin Lemieux. “It was much harder to choose a winner than we’d ever imagined.”

The Laurentian flash mob competition was conceived by Ryan Demers, a Liaison officer working with secondary schools last year.  “I’m really impressed with all of the talent and energy that’s out there,” said Demers.  “And I can tell you, we’ve heard a lot of Gangnam Style dance scenes in the past few months!  But the White Pines entry really brought all the elements together, with dancing, costumes and even the school marching band.  They rocked it!” 

The winning video can be seen at http://youtu.be/Ljb0_HAvye4.