Albemarle High Student Gets Creative with "Call Me Maybe"

By: Suzanne Wilson Email
By: Suzanne Wilson Email

January 28, 2013

You've probably heard the song "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepson, but have you heard the version titled, "Call Me Maybe, Josh Davis"?

One Albemarle High School student created her own version of the song while out of school for a snow day. It took all of 24 hours for the video to go viral on the CBS19 Facebook page. As of 6 PM on Monday, January 28, there were more than 800 likes, nearly 600 shares, and 130 comments on the post.

The song starts with "Hey Mr. Davis, it's snowing crazy and Nelson's closing so call me, maybe?"

It was the night before a possible snow day and Samantha Reid's mind was thinking about everything but her homework.

Samantha Reid, a Junior at Albemarle High School said, "At 2 AM when I was outlining, I thought about writing it because people were posting on Facebook that it was snowing. I didn't want to have to keep outlining and I didn't want to go to school."

The video she thought she would just share with her friends is now approaching 7,500 hits on YouTube. Reid said, "I had no idea that was going to happen. I thought that maybe I would post it on Facebook and get a few likes from my friends. I wanted to send it to Josh Davis but I didn't know if he was going to watch it."

Josh Davis, the Chief Operating Officer for Albemarle County Public Schools, is the man with the infamous voice and name that every Albemarle county student knows. He makes a phone call telling students school has been canceled or delayed. He's also the star of the music video.

Davis said, "I was amazed by our students creativity on a snow day to take a very popular song and really have fun with it."

Mr. Davis and his team never "overlook the students safety", as the song states, but sometimes making the school cancellation call can be tricky. Davis stated, "We do consult with some of the other local counties. Our transportation staff talks to their counterparts in other counties."

A flattered Mr. Davis has already reached out to Reid and plans to congratulate her on the video's success. Davis said, "Oh, I do plan to meet her. I friended her on Facebook and I look forward to congratulating her and talking to her principal about a little extra credit."

The video took Reid about an hour to write, three hours to record, and 11 hours to edit.

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