As exciting as a performance by Katy Perry would be for students, Brockman explains that the real purpose of the contest entry was to get Pyle’s story out.
Pyle has always dreamed of driving a car and while he has secured funding to alter a car so he could operate it, he still needs funding for a the car. The modifications that would allow Jake to drive can only be done to a newer model vehicle, Rhonda Pruett, a teaching assistant who has worked with Pyle for two years, explained.
“Hopefully someone will hear Jake’s story and step-up to help,” Brockman said.
Filming the 2 minute video, has put Pyle in a variety of new situations, all of which he said were a learning experience that helped him find himself. Besides hanging out with the Norman Crazies, a NH spirit group, while they pounded on trash can drums during the Norman High/Norman North football game, Pyle has sat between two Norman High tuba players and sported a Norman Roar T-shirt, all for the sake of movie fame.
Nora Springer, sophomore, said StuCo had T-shirts made that read “Norman Roar” on the front in order to raise funds for the video and show school spirit. Brockman said all of the black and orange T-shirts were sold out.
“We sold about 560 T-shirts in one week,” Brockman said.
Connery said student support for the contest entry comes from the fact that the song “Roar” has really become an anthem of the school.
“We wanted to incorporate as much of our school as possible, so we got a lot of our student organizations involved,” Connery said. “We have lots of montages of various student groups. So many people are excited. Our whole school is proud of it.”