July 1, 2016

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Granger 5th-graders’ rendition of ‘We Are Never Ever’ gets YouTube following

MONTVILLE TWP. — A lip-synching act that might have once been confined to an elementary school talent show is getting a much wider audience, thanks to YouTube.

Five fifth-grade girls who go to Granger Elementary School have gotten some Internet fame with their rendition of one of Taylor Swift’s latest singles, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Five fifth-graders at Granger Elementary School have received some recognition on YouTube for their lip-synched version of Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Clockwise from top left, Brianna Wick, Desiree Cottrell, Alaina Scavuzzo, Ava Hixenbaugh and Brooke Wallace pose in front of the blue screen in Ava’s basement where they made the video. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

The girls, Ava Hixenbaugh, Brianna Wick, Desiree Cottrell, Alaina Scavuzzo and Brooke Wallace, often sing together in Ava’s basement, and Ava’s father helps them create the films. Most of the girls are 10, but Alaina just turned 11.

Rob Hixenbaugh posted the video online in early November, soon after the Swift song was released, and since then, more than 50,000 people have watched it.

The video was featured on a local television show, and the girls have been mentioned on several local radio stations.

The girls are big fans of Swift.

“Taylor Swift is my idol,” Ava said.

“She’s beautiful,” Brooke chimed in.

“She’s so inspiring,” Alaina said.

“She isn’t afraid to stand up on the stage and be herself,” Desiree added.

The girls all love to dress up in glitter, makeup and feather boas.

When asked what they want to be when they want to be when they grow up, most of the girls said they wanted to be singers, but Brianna said she’d like to join the circus.

The five girls have appeared in several other YouTube videos, but none of them have gotten as many views as the Swift song.

Hixenbaugh helps by providing a blue screen and lights and editing the videos.

“I’m just trying to create memories for these girls,” he said.

To watch the video, visit Ava’s YouTube channel, www.VideoAva.com.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.