- A survivor of the Oxford school shooting auditions on America’s Got Talent and sings “Remember”.
- Ava Swiss is slowly emerging from her trauma and shines with her performance.
- Her moving performance earned her four ‘Yesses’ and a standing ovation.
Surviving a school shooting is a harrowing experience. In memory of those who perished, when Ava Swiss, 18, auditioned for America’s Got Talent, she sang “Remember” by Lauren Daigle and got a standing ovation for her moving performance.
As she shared to the judges and the audience, “I chose this song because back on November 30, my brother and I were a part of the Oxford school shooting. We lost four of our students, and seven others were injured, one of which was a teacher.”
Ava also revealed that she was close to 17-year-old Justin Shilling, one of those who died in the shooting. The other victims were Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Tate Myre, 16, and Hana St. Juliana, 14. Seven others were wounded in the incident.
When Simon Cowell asked her how she was doing given her experience, she said that her coping and healing journey has been difficult.
She admitted, “It’s been hard. I remember my brother and I, we were talking to each other, and we said, ‘There’s no way we’re ever stepping foot back in the school.’ But we’ve actually been in person in the school for about two months now, so things are getting better.”
Howie Mandel commented that showing up after an incredible trauma is tough but Ava’s courage to break through the trauma and shine is inspirational for everyone.
Heidi Klum said Ava is incredible and Sofia Vergara expressed that Ava was not just singing but demonstrating her feelings, giving her goosebumps.
Simon Cowell ended it by saying that her audition is one that he will not forget. Ava got four “Yesses’!
Sing on, Ava!