Michigan school shooting survivor stuns ‘America’s Got Talent’ judges with ‘inspiring’ audition

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An 18-year-old student who survived a school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, in 2021 took the stage on Tuesday for an audition on “America’s Got Talent” with a song she says helps her ” remember the good”.

Ava Swiss, a high school student from Oxford, received a standing ovation from the four judges – Simon Cowell, Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel – after an emotional performance of ‘Remember’ by singer Lauren Daigle.

Klum called the performance “incredible”, while Mandel said it was “inspiring”.

“In life, it’s hard to show up, especially after going through incredible trauma,” Mandel said. “The fact that you can go through this and shine like you did today is so inspiring to every human being. So you really shined.”

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Vergara said Swiss displayed his emotions in a performance that “took my breath away.”

Ava Swiss, 18, auditioned on “America’s Got Talent.”
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Cowell, known as a sometimes harsh critic, told Swiss that “it was one of those auditions I will never forget.”

The four judges gave a “yes” to Swiss to allow him to advance to the next round of the competition.

Before performing, Swiss told judges that “it was difficult” as four of his classmates were killed and seven others, including a teacher, were injured in the November 2021 shooting.

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“I remember my community, my family, just love”, she says. “And I remember everything is there for me, and that will help me get to where I need to be.”

Shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley is charged with first-degree murder and his parents are charged with manslaughter for allegedly making a firearm available to their son.

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