PHOENIX -- It's the video that captured the attention of our state and country. And even though it didn't take first prize, those involved are still feeling like winners!
Back in September, pop star Katy Perry challenged high schools across the nation to create the best music video using her hit song “Roar.”
Since the song is about empowerment, the students at Verrado High School used the opportunity to showcase a very special fellow student whom they all love and admire.
Senior Megan Squire was born with Down syndrome, but that didn't stop her from becoming a cheerleader. Fellow Verrado students say Megan's story inspired them. "When she (Perry) came up with the challenge, I had to do it," said student Clay Mueller, one of the masterminds behind the video.
Verrado's video didn't win, but it did place in the top five of Perry's competition.
And even though the video didn't take first place, Megan found herself with quite a consolation prize. She got a personal phone call from Katy Perry herself, inviting the high-schooler to accompany her to one of her concerts as a VIP guest. "That was exciting when she called," Megan says.
"I want to bring Megan to a special event this fall with me as my date. It's going to be very exciting. We are going to get dressed up," Perry said on Good Morning America. "I just want to celebrate her and hear her roar in person. Megan, thank you so much. I love you. I love your spirit. You have really inspired me."
Megan, along with the Verrado cheer squad and other students, joined us Monday on Good Morning Arizona to talk about the wild ride they've been on so far. Megan agrees with her friends, who say it's been an awesome journey.
"It was an extraordinary experience," says Clay. "I'm very proud of my work and Megan's inspiration to the world."
The video took the kids three days to make and the whole school got involved. Clay tells us he hopes the video sends other teens a message.
"No matter what's in your life that challenges you, you can always overcome it," he says.