Students at Evans High School worked hard to submit a video entry for the Lady Antebellum contest. (WRDW-TV / March 19, 2012)
News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, March 19, 2012
EVANS, Ga. -- They're the hometown band taking the world by storm and now country stars Lady Antebellum are looking to give one lucky high school a prom night they'll never forget.
Evans High School is hoping to own the night this April at their prom.
"It really was such an awesome experience," explained Evans senior Becca Olsen.
Last week nearly 300 students helped tape a video in the halls of the school to send to Lady Antebellum.
"Everybody just danced around and jumped around and it ended up looking really good," said Evans senior Kayla Moore.
"It was just cool seeing the school come together," added Evans junior Savanna Gladue.
The band is awarding one school with a prom performance of a lifetime, in their "Own the Night with Lady A" contest.
"They give back to the community and they show they do actually care about their fans," said Evans senior Ashley Doolittle.
But the Knights have some stiff competition; support on YouTube and Facebook has been overwhelming for Henryville High School in Indiana.
"Prom, that's still in the hearts of more teenagers, whereas reality is there is no school," said Evans High School Assistant Principal Angie Cliatt.
Dozens of videos, from schools hundreds of miles of away, have popped up supporting the school that was destroyed by a tornado.
"I just couldn't imagine it ... it would just be awful," Olsen said.
"It puts everything into perspective, reality really hit for all of us, as well as the seniors that this is their senior year and these are supposed to be the memories that they'll cherish forever," Cliatt said about Henryville.
Although the school worked hard on their video, they understand the teenagers in Henryville may need the win more.
"I think the most deserving school will win and we had a great time making it," Cliatt said.
The winner for the contest will be announced sometime on Tuesday. The band will also pay for the students' tickets to the dance. The band is judging on creativity, originality, school or hometown pride.
Here are some of the videos high schools around the country have submitted: