WIAA
WIAA
435 Main Ave S | Renton, WA 98057 | (425) 687-8585
Twitter
Instagram
FaceBook
The LEAP Student Blog

Bailey Vallee - Bellingham HS
 2/4/2013

Author: Bailey Vallee
Grade: Senior
School: Bellingham HS
Mascot: Red Raiders
League: Northwest Conference
Classification: 2A



Hello, my name is Bailey Vallee and I am a senior at Bellingham High School. This last month our school worked together to do the impossible; bring Oprah Winfrey to Bellingham High! One day in my leadership class, my Oprah-obsessed teacher jokingly brought up the idea. The celebrity was already scheduled to have a show in a month just 82 miles away. Our class didn’t take her suggestion as something to kid about...we wanted it to happen. We thought it would be a fun challenge to entice her to come our way.

Here’s the catch, it was a week before winter break, and Friday was a half day. After a couple hours of brainstorming, we decided a lip-dub would be the best eye-catcher. To make it as interesting as possible, we decided to record ourselves backwards and play the music forward while being able to sync our lips to the music. It would be a challenge, but we were up to it. Our plan was simple, yet only successful with optimum participation of students. We planned to tape the lip dup on Thursday. So, we were faced with only four days to plan and produce a lip dup that would catch Oprah’s attention.  In order to be prepared for the big day we spent two to three hours after school everyday gathering props, organizing the layout, choreographing, contacting sports teams and most of all, finding ways to involve as many students as possible. Honestly, at first it wasn’t easy getting the participation of our peers. But then again, if it were easy, then what’s the fun in that.

We finally encouraged the student body by communicating with them the true reason for all the craziness that was going to happen on Thursday. And it was this; we wanted to create something as a school that seems impossible to others, we wanted an activity to create a stronger community and unite the student body. Don’t get me wrong...we also really wanted Oprah, she is a very inspirational woman and having her would be an honor.  Although when it became about the students and proving ourselves, our task seemed possible.

Miraculously we pulled off running through and taping our routine two times within a thirty minute time period and had over two hundred students participate. The following day was the beginning of winter break, and our next goal was to make the video go viral.  Within four days our video had over 8,000 views! Unfortunately, this is where the story becomes a bit anticlimactic. After that the views flat lined, and as we returned back to classes two weeks later, there was no talk of Operation Oprah. She never did show up, or send us anything back but as I look back at what my school did, I can’t help but smile. We did exactly what we wanted to do. Two hundred students showed up to dance and laugh. We created memories.  Alumni, community members, and even the rival high schools supported us. We created a way to involve and excite our city.  In only four days we pulled together a video worthy of sharing with Oprah Winfrey! We united. I’m so proud of my school, and if you feel inclined to see all of our hard work, you can check it out below:





February 2013

2/25/2013 Ashlee Pedersen - Mt. Spokane HS
2/12/2013 Sara Lindquist - Mercer Island HS
2/4/2013 Bailey Vallee - Bellingham HS

Archives
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association  |   435 Main Ave S   |  Renton, WA 98057  |  (425) 687-8585  |  © 2021
Home
 
About
    Mission & Strategic Plan
    WIAA Staff
    Contact
    Member School Directory
    Districts & Leagues
    Classifications 2020-2024
    Executive Board
Sports/Activities
    COVID-19 Planning
    Sports
        Softball (Slowpitch)
    Activities
    Statewide League Standings
Tournaments
    Brackets & Past Results
    Tournament Central
    WIAA Live Mobile App
    State Championship Dates
        2020-21 State Championship Dates
        2021-22 State Championship Dates
    Media
        Media Credential Registration
    Ticket Prices
    Tournament History
    Tournament Regulations
    Allocations & Draw Criteria
Programs
    Athlete of the Week
    Women in Sport Summit
    Mind Gym Wednesdays
    Team of the Month
    Smart Choices Scholarship Program
    Game of the Week
    Scholastic Cup
    Scholastic Awards Program
    LEAP
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
    Hall of Fame
        Hall of Fame Home
    WOA/WIAA Co-Op Agreement
 
Resources
    Handbook
    Forms
    Health & Wellness
        Concussion Management Guidelines
        Sudden Cardiac Arrest Guidelines
        Heat Index Calculator
        Asthma Info For Coaches
        Sideline Asthma Basics
        Catastrophic Injury and Fatality Reporting
    Member School Directory
    College Eligibility
AD/Coaches
    Arbiter Resource Center
    MaxPreps Resource Center
    Order Handbooks and Rule Books
    Athletic Directors
    Coaches
    MyWIAA
    Coaches School
    2-Minute Drill Archive
    Job Openings
    Games Wanted
Eligibility