A teenager from North Dakota put an interesting spin on a traditional graduation speech by singing the words — to the tune of the Lady Gaga song Shallow from A Star is Born. Sydney Helgeson, a senior at Bismarck High School, sang in front of her 270 fellow graduates and their friends and family to deliver a heartfelt commencement speech to the class of 2019 on Sunday, May 26. The teen came up with new lyrics for the song Shallow, replacing Gaga’s words with ones about the senior class’ high school experience. She also used the song to reminisce about their time spent as “demons,” referring to the school’s mascot. Speaking to Good Morning America, Sydney said she thought about the many things that made her proud to be a part of the school when writing the lyrics of the song. She said: “When writing the lyrics, I thought about all the things that made me proud to be a demon. Things like winning the state football championship and marble staircases in our halls. I tried to reminisce on all the moments that our class has shared together. The good, the bad, the funny – all the memories,” she said. She said the idea for the song came to her after watching Alicia Keys and James Corden’s parody of Shallow, which they used to announce that Alicia would be hosting the 2019 Grammys. “I thought that’s a cool idea. Maybe I could something like that for a graduation speech,” she said. Sydney, who will attend the University of Alabama this fall and will major in business with a minor in music, said her classmates were really supportive of her creative speech.
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BHS senior Sydney Helgeson is a Youtube sensation with the words she made up for her high school graduation speech to the melody of the popular song Shallow. She’s been featured on local and national TV networks. Check it out! https://t.co/AhlUydqnhk pic.twitter.com/lvPLKkw26b
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