The Harlem Shake came to Briarcliff during fifth period in the BHS library on March 1. Led and organized by seniors Dan Levine and Jamie Parmelee, the library was filled to capacity for students to observe and take part in a video style that is sweeping the nation.
Levine also noted how the approval of librarian Mrs. Johanson was essential to this event. Regarding the occasion, Mrs. Johanson said that this was asked as a harmless and fun senior prank. She made all participants promise to make it a clean version, in regards to costumes as well as dancing, and she was very pleased that they lived up to their words. Mrs. Johanson referenced the library scene as “controlled chaos” and was glad that the entire production was kept within the allotted time.
Both Mrs. Johanson and senior Jack Yurch, the videographer, were surprised to see so many people in the library, especially due to the many spectators. Yurch also joked that despite the challenge of putting the event together, it was “better than [writing] three essays.” On a more serious note, he added how it was “nice to see every grade cooperating,” referring to the underclassmen who participated in addition to the seniors. Levine alluded to the seamless inter-class participation by saying: “It was cool to see everyone come together.” Parmelee agreed that it was “a great way to get everyone together.” Overall, they reflected on Briarcliff’s “Harlem Shake” as a success.
Mrs. Johanson agreed as well. “All in all,” she said, “it was a creative and non-destructive way to have a senior prank.” Nevertheless, it did halt the peacefulness and calmness usually associated with the library. Mrs. Johanson added, “They won’t be doing that again…” And then playfully, “at least until next year.”