On the floor with Lakewood High School students, as Katy Perry performs for Good Morning America
Students 'ROAR' for Katy Perry
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LAKEWOOD, Colo. - When singer Katy Perry took the stage Friday at Lakewood High School, 7NEWS had exclusive access inside the gym.
The students arrived 4:30 a.m. Friday to fill their gymnasium for two hours of pure excitement and school spirit before Perry sang. The crowd of 2,000 wore T-shirts that read, "one world, one roar" and tiger ears -- the school's mascot.
When asked how he was holding up 30 minutes before the show, Junior John Price responded, "little tired but I'm super pumped. It's a once in a lifetime chance."
Senior Becca Schmelzel was standing next to Price with her face painted in tiger stripes and an orange mohawk. Schmelzel was thrilled Katy Perry picked Lakewood as the winner.
"It's insane, I'm like speechless, it's been crazy," Schmelzel said.
For the two hours before Perry performed, the drum line and cheerleaders entertained the crowd with different cheers. Good Morning America's Meteorologist Sam Champion thanked the students for sharing their spirit with the country.
Then at 6 a.m., Perry entered the gym in a Lakewood Tiger's cheerleader uniform and walked through the sea of students to stage. Before she could get started, a group of students presented Perry with a gift -- a Lakewood High School letterman jacket. They then serenaded her with 'Happy Birthday," since the singer was celebrating her 29th birthday that morning.
Sophomore Mercedes Archuleta was probably one of the most excited we talked to.
"Oh my God, she's so amazing. I love it. She's my new fav!" Archuleta said. "It was so great, I loved it, Kate Perry, Oh my God. Speechless."
After the concert, Perry took pictures with students and indulged in some birthday cake the school provided. The students had to go to class after the concert for a half-day of school. Meanwhile, Perry hopped a plane bound for Australia.
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