The high school's student body submitted a video for OSAA contest that highlights Molalla's unique school spirit

The Oregon School Activities Association "We are #1" Student Section Video Contest begs the question, "Who has the best student section in the state?" In their first year submitting a video, Molalla's student body can say they're in the top five.

"This, of course, proves what we already knew and know -- that the MHS student body is one of the best in the state," said Athletic Director Todd Moore.

The contest requires participants to submit a two to three minute film containing footage of the school's student section at multiple games throughout the season plus students, staff, coaches and other school staff explaining why the student section has the best school spirit in the state.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Pictured is an example of Molalla's winning student section during Lavender Week 2017.

"They are looking for schools who can creatively show off their school spirit and make a great video," said Associated Student Body President Cole Bauge.

Moore first suggested that MHS participate in the contest, and then media arts teacher Jessica Coy helped facilitate it. But the students really made it happen. Bauge organized a video shoot using a drone manned by junior Brett Marr, and the yearbook staff helped Coy and Bauge highlight several other activities. Finally, sophomore Nolan Miller edited the video.

The team effort, along with MHS's spirited student body, resulted in the top five finish.

"Molalla's video took a strong focus on showing off the things that make our school unique," Bauge said. "For example, we show clips of our Homecoming parade, tailgates [and more]. These are things that stretch beyond just scenes of our student section."

With the first-year success, Coy intends to make participating in the contest a tradition in Molalla and is already thinking about next year.

"I'm excited that the students involved did so well for our first time entering the contest," Coy said. "Now that we have a better idea of what is expected, I am looking forward to what Molalla High School's video crew creates next year."

Visit OSAA's Facebook page to watch Molalla's video.

Kristen Wohlers
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