Kaplan Students Accept the Mannequin Challenge

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you may have missed the phenomenon that’s taken over the Internet – the Mannequin Challenge. Started by students in Florida, The Mannequin Challenge is a viral video trend that involves people freezing in action like mannequins – the human-shaped figures in shop windows – while a video is recorded.  Similar to crazes such as The Harlem Shake and The Ice Bucket Challenge, the Mannequin Challenge has gone viral on social media, and has gained over 4 million twitter mentions since it began in November.

Not one to shy away from an Internet craze, our Kaplan students took a break from studying English to embrace the trend, accepting the Mannequin Challenge in our New York Empire State, San Diego, and Philadelphia schools. Take a look!


Our New York students were the first to take up the challenge in our Empire State school:

Check out those fabulous views from the 63rd floor of the Empire State building and see how our Kaplan Empire State students accepted the challenge. You might even catch a glimpse of that iconic New York City skyline!


Followed by our students in San Diego, who also rose to the challenge:

From surf to sunshine, see how our Kaplan San Diego students incorporated the California vibes into their take on the challenge. Makes you kind of what to visit the beautiful California coast, doesn't it?


Don’t forget Kaplan Philly, where our students are also frozen in Philadelphia:

In a city filled with so much life and history, it's no wonder the Kaplan students in Philadelphia have so much fun!


Although the Mannequin Challenge has only just begun dominating social media in November, the trend itself has been around for years. Sound familiar? Then think back to 2008 when flash mobs were the big viral trend… 



Have you or your school got involved in the Mannequin Challenge? Let us know in the comments below. Want to know more about how you can join the Kaplan community and learn English at one of our 14 schools in the USA? Get in contact with us today and we'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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