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Social media takes trendy challenges to a whole new level by doing absolutely nothing–literally.
All over the country, schools, sporting teams and celebrities are doing the Mannequin Challenge, which requires participants to pose and remain motionless with Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” playing in the background, while someone walks through the tableau and films it.
The first appearance of the Mannequin Challenge was on Twitter in late October. The creators of the Mannequin Challenge are believed to be high school students from Edward H. White High School in Jacksonville, Florida.
Now, Kamehameha Schools Maui has joined the trend.
Monday at a junior class meeting, the class officers suggested doing the Mannequin Challenge to release the stress of preparing for senior project pitch day on Thursday. Juniors were all for it, and they quickly assumed funny poses. The challenge did its job and lightened the mood for Papa Lama.
“It gives us the chance to show how close we are as a school and class to those on our neighbor islands,” junior Saje-Marie Kanemitsu said.
One day later, the KSM high school office followed their lead and pulled off their own Mannequin Challenge (see the accompanying video).
Ms. Jay-R Kaʻawa, 11-12 principal, was the mastermind behind it.
“It gives us the opportunity as an office staff to do something fun,” she said.
Afterwards, Ms. Kaʻawa said that she wants to challenge all Kamehameha groups, including high school clubs, classes, and teams, and kula haʻahaʻa and kula waena groups, to take on the challenge as an opportunity to get closer.
To our readers: If you take up the challenge, post a link to your video in our comments section below, tell us the name of your group, and we may add your link to our article for all to enjoy.