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Academy Award Nominee Acknowledges Malaysian Student's Viral Speech

A recognition that she deserves!


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Academy Award Nominee Acknowledges Malaysian Student's Viral Speech
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Getting her recognition


Remember the Malaysian graduate who recently went viral for giving an inspiring, poised graduation speech at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Winter Commencement ceremony?

In her speech, Lisa Nur Marini Mohd Kamal mentioned ‘Hamilton’, an award-winning Broadway musical written and composed by Academy Award nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda, which she credited for helping her along in her education journey.

You can watch the speech here:


Her inspiring speech moved many - including Lin-Manuel Miranda himself!

'I'm not worried about this girl'

Via a tweet that plucks a line from ‘Breathe’, a soundtrack of ‘In the Heights’, Miranda wrote "Mira, Lisa, No me preocupo por ella, thank you, (Look, Lisa, I'm not worried about this girl)".

The Star Online reported that Lisa replied to the tweet by posting a photo of herself with a group of friends when ‘Hamilton’ was being staged in Chicago.

"In junior year of college, listening to the Hamilton soundtrack became a coping mechanism that would get me through the day.
"The musical that was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda tells a story of an orphan and immigrant who became one of the founding fathers of America.

"I came here on a scholarship, a long way from my home in Kuala Lumpur. This opportunity to be here at the prestigious University of Wisconsin-Madison did not come easy or cost little for any of us," she had said in her speech.

The video, which was posted online, has been viewed over 100,000 times since.

Miranda's right, the girl's alright.

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