Kids Sing of ‘Scholar Ladies’, Not Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’

by Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune (MCT) Published: Feb 3, 2010

The mid­dle school stu­dents at HOPE Christian Schools may be sin­gle, but more impor­tant, they are scholars.

The Milwaukee school has become an online sen­sa­tion by post­ing a video called “Scholar Ladies,” mim­ic­k­ing Beyonce’s hit “Single Ladies.”

Instead of singing about seek­ing an engage­ment ring, the girls boast with atti­tude about earn­ing top grades, prepar­ing for col­lege and stay­ing free of trouble.

“If you learned it then you should have got an A on it,” the girls sing. “Don’t be mad when you see that we got it. If you learned it then you should have got an A on it.”

“It inspires kids to see it’s cool to be smart and reach goals,” said Charmaine Taylor, a sixth-grader who is the backup dancer on the left as the video starts. Charmaine said she wants to attend col­lege and study to become a lawyer. “I want other peo­ple to know you can do any­thing if you just put your mind to it,” she said.

HOPE is a K-12 pri­vate char­ter school that serves about 600 girls and boys.

The idea for remak­ing Beyonce’s song and video came when English teacher Megan Huff and her class were prepar­ing for a school­wide tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion. Huff penned the lyrics and her stu­dents tried out for the parts. School admin­is­tra­tors make cameos, too, danc­ing and imi­tat­ing Beyonce’s sig­na­ture hand wave.

Huff and her stu­dents are hop­ing their video will get a mil­lion page views on YouTube. So far it has 205,000, and it’s been fea­tured on the local news and CNN.

“We secretly hope Beyonce will see it, but we are try­ing to keep our heads on straight and stay focused on aca­d­e­mics even with this atten­tion we’re get­ting,” Huff said.

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  • http://html/yahoo Krist Sallee

    These reports keeps me encour­aged; I am work­ing hard to encour­age the chil­dren in Unit#4 Champaign School District to strive for higher edu­ca­tion… It is a strug­gle at this time.…

    The chil­dren makes me proud in these reports; I only hope what I seen here; I can encour­age the super­in­tenant of Unit#4 on April 7th, to reach out to the chil­dren in a cre­ated way as you have; instead of putting them out of school because he or they feel the chil­dren are helpless!!

    Can you help me encour­age the school lead­ers here to be more open to what ever it take to save a child from the streets and not give on them “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND”!!!


  • http://yahoo krist sallee

    Meeting went well today and I got the full under­stand­ing of the rea­son some chil­dren will be expel from the unit#4 school and it does makes since; and it is sad to say that some of our chil­dren does not desire the edu­ca­tion that is so needed to be the best they can be, and when every­thing is done to help them suc­ceed and if they don’t grab it then the streets is what grabs them.…

    NO CHILD is LEFT BEHIND that grabs their EDUCATION!!