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Students at Pennichuck Middle School in Nashua dance their way into summer vacation

NASHUA – As school wrapped up for the year on Friday, students at Pennichuck Middle School had one more reason to be happy.

A student-created music video to Pharrell’s song “Happy,” involving dancing students from each grade level and school staff, was played at the year-end celebration. ...

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NASHUA – As school wrapped up for the year on Friday, students at Pennichuck Middle School had one more reason to be happy.

A student-created music video to Pharrell’s song “Happy,” involving dancing students from each grade level and school staff, was played at the year-end celebration.

Seventh-grade math teacher Marlene Moss said one of her advisory students, James Bolton, came up with the idea for the video.

“The video took us a few weeks to do, since the advisory only meets Monday and Friday,” Moss said. “The kids loved it.

Advisories are brief morning sessions during which students check in with staff mentors and get extra help such as reviewing homework. All 15 of her advisory students participated in filming the video, which was created using an app called Video Star.

Moss said students traveled from classroom to classroom filming the dance routines of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

Vice Principal Jason Lonergan made an appearance as “The Disciplinarian,” and Principal Lynne Joseph appeared, too. Other guest stars included lunch ladies, librarians, teachers and the baseball team.

The first dancer seen in the video is seventh-grader Dante Betanzos, who, Moss said, is a bit of a Pennichuck celebrity known for his superb dancing skills.