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Teen With Down Syndrome Finalist In Katy Perry Video Contest


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A viral video featuring a student with Down syndrome could lure pop star Katy Perry to perform at one Arizona high school.

The video produced by students at Verrado High School in Buckeye, Ariz. is a finalist in Good Morning America’s Katy Perry “Roar” contest which challenged teens from across the country to make their own music video set to Perry’s song “Roar.”

The singer will perform a concert at the winning school Oct. 25 that will air live on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The Verrado video focuses on Megan Squire, a senior with Down syndrome, and depicts her quest to become a cheerleader. Since it was posted to YouTube late last month, the video has accrued more than 85,000 views.

Clayton Mueller who wrote and directed the video told ABC that the response shows “how this one simple girl can spark a revolution in ideas and thoughts and things people can do.”

For her part, Perry said she has been inspired by all of the videos submitted, noting the school spirit and diversity portrayed in the entries.

“There’s just so many different types of kids coming together to make these videos, and it’s inspiring to see people just having a great time smiling, being joyful, hopeful,” Perry told ABC.

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Comments (4 Responses)

  1. Denise Baker says:

    Can you provide the link to the this original video. Couldn’t find it in Youtube. Thanks!

  2. Jessica says:

    This is such a great story, but I have one question. Why did the news anchors covering the story never direct a question towards Megan? I would have liked to know what she thought of herself as a cheerleader and what song she wants to hear Katy Perry perform!

  3. Darin Yoder says:

    Is it just me or did the hosts totally IGNORE the young woman who was the star of the video? Seems like they paid an awful lot of attention on the guy who put it together along with the cheerleader to his right, asking them ALL the questions.

  4. cherish says:

    Here is the link to their video,it is so cute :)

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