Fairfax students groove in ‘Happy’ video

Students, teachers and administrators at Mount Vernon High School jam, dance and groove in a new video set to the music of Pharrell’s hit single “Happy,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.

The short clip, posted on YouTube, shows teenagers and adults — including Mount Vernon’s principal Nardos King — showing their “Major Pride” through dance moves.

The song by producer Pharrell was featured on the soundtrack for “Despicable Me 2,” the animated film starring Steve Carell. Pharrell led a lavish live rendition of the effervescent tune at the Oscars ceremony, but the song “Let It Go,” performed by broadway actress Idina Menzel for the Disney animated movie “Frozen!” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Pharrell’s “Happy” has been a nationwide hit for its catchy organ-infused melody and cheerful lyrics such as “clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth.”

The song was made into a continuous-loop 24-hour music video and has inspired equally joyous parodies.

Washington Post music critic Chris Richards was not as impressed with Pharrell’s new solo album, describing the single “Happy,” as “a pop hit surging with enough sunshine to cause melanoma.”

In that case, put on some SPF 75 sunscreen and watch these videos.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.
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