Valedictorian dedicates speech to Taylor Swift, hopes to meet her in Denver

The valedictorian of Albuquerque High School’s class of 2018 will soon head off to a prestigious college, but before he goes he wants to thank the famous pop star who helped him through some hard times.

He needs your help to make it happen.

“I just want her to know her music inspires all of us to make a positive change in the world,” said Sami Raihane.

Instead of quoting a president or iconic historic figure, Raihane quoted his favorite singer in his commencement speech.

“The haters are going to hate and all I ask of you, the class of 2018, is to shake, shake, shake it off,” said Raihane.

Pop superstar Taylor Swift has been Raihane’s favorite artist for as long as he can remember. His parents came to Albuquerque from Morocco and it hasn’t always been easy.

 “My parents own a convenience store on Carlisle and Gibson. There was a highway truck that ran through it. There have been people who robbed my dad at gunpoint,” said Raihane.

When anything bad would happen, Raihane’s parents turned on Taylor Swift.

“For some reason, just since I was little, it’d always be her,” said Raihane.

Swift’s albums helped teach Raihane life lessons.

“So, speak now, be fearless, uphold your reputation,” said Raihane.

He used those lyrical lessons in college entrance exams to set himself apart. Much to his surprise, it worked.

“I found out I got into Stanford,” said Raihane.

Raihane also got into Cornell and Johns Hopkins University. He plans on becoming a doctor.

Hoping to catch Swift’s attention, Raihane posted his speech on Twitter.

“It’s gotten about 20,000 playthroughs for my entire speech and 100,000 views,” said Raihane.

Raihane hopes one of those views is Swift herself and she will make his wildest dream come true, by letting him meet her in person at her Denver concert. There, he simply wants to tell the singer, “thank you.”

To help Raihane’s tweet gain traction, you can click here to retweet it.

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