Ahwatukee grad gives jawdropping convocation speech at GA Tech - FOX 35 News Orlando

Ahwatukee grad gives jawdropping convocation speech at Georgia Tech

Posted: Updated:
  • Must Read HeadlinesMore>>

  • Human skull donated to Goodwill store

    Human skull donated to Goodwill store

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-08-28 16:22:33 GMT
    Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas.
    Police are scratching their heads trying to work out who donated a human skull to a thrift store in Austin, Texas.
  • Flight returns, 2 women facing charges

    Flight returns, 2 women facing charges

    Thursday, August 28 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-08-28 16:18:43 GMT
    Two Canadian women are facing charges after authorities say they drank their duty free alcohol in the flight's bathroom, triggered the fire alarm with a cigarette and got into a fight each other, forcing a Sunwing flight bound for Cuba to return to Toronto under a military escort.
    Two Canadian women are facing charges after authorities say they drank their duty free alcohol in the flight's bathroom, triggered the fire alarm with a cigarette and got into a fight each other, forcing a Sunwing flight bound for Cuba to return to Toronto under a military escort.
  • When hope was gone, parents turned to Google to save baby

    When hope was gone, parents turned to Google to save baby

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:11:34 GMT

    They were told by multiple doctors that there was no way to save their baby. That's when they took matters into their own hands, and it ended up being the right choice.

    They were told by multiple doctors that there was no way to save their baby. That's when they took matters into their own hands, and it ended up being the right choice.

AHWATUKEE, Ariz. -

He gave a convocation speech that incoming freshman at Georgia Tech will probably remember forever.

Now video of the speech has gone viral and people can't get enough of Nick Selby. Turns out, he's from right here in the valley.

Nick says he actually got the idea for this speech from one of his coaches at Desert Vista High School. He executed the performance perfectly and gave the whole country a thrill.

Video courtesy Georgia Tech: "Our mission as students is not to follow in the footsteps of astronauts, Nobel Prize winners, heroes and presidents but to exceed their footsteps."

Nick Selby gave what many now call "the most amazing speech ever."

"I was really hoping that I could get a round of applause at the end of the speech," Nick Selby tells us.

He got the applause, roaring laughter, and now nationwide attention.

"I'm enjoying my 15 minutes of fame, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Nick tells us that spending 4 years on the Desert Vista Speech and Debate Team gave him the tools he needed to leave such an impression.

"That's how I learned how to public speak. I had a blast doing it and that's kind of how I developed both the passion and skills behind it, thanks to the incredible talent and skill of all of my coaches."

His Desert Vista Coach Erik Dominguez is not surprised to see Nick in the spotlight.

"His energy is still the same, enthusiasm, it's the same old Nick Selby. That's what he did when he was here at Desert Vista -- he just transferred those skills and made it even better in Georgia Tech," says Dominguez.

Speech: "If you want to build the Ironman suit you can do that, if you want to play them music during your convocation speech like a bad ass you can do that. We're at Georgia Tech, we can do that! I am doing that!"

"That's the first time I've heard my son use a bad word I want you to know that," laughs Nick's mom Laurie Selby.

His parents saw Nick practice the speech back in May -- and his mom Laurie admits it made her nervous.

"We had no idea how it was gonna be received."

Nick says speaking is his creative outlet, but he'll stick with engineering when it comes time to make a career choice.

"I want to do the impossible," says Nick.

Nick has a 14-year-old brother on the Desert Vista Speech and Debate Team so we're all hoping for a similar speech in a few years.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices