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8th-grade grad speaker impersonates candidates

Whether the “magnificent” Donald Trump proclaims, “Thomas has been a great school; quite frankly, it’s been fantastic,” or Senator Bernie Sanders demands that students get free cinnamon rolls at every lunch period, few people have captured the spirit of this year’s presidential campaign as humorously as an eighth grader at Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

“The lunches, they are delicious … some of the best cinnamon rolls I ever tasted,” declares Jack Aiello as Mr Sanders in a speech at his graduation ceremony and in a YouTube video that has gone viral. He appeared on the “Tonight Show” yesterday with Jimmy Fallon, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

But, “we need to make them free … students paying for their own cinnamon rolls doesn’t make any sense … we need a cinnamon roll revolution!” he shouts to thundering applause (and laughter).

Thomas is one of two middle schools in Arlington Heights School District 25, a K-8 district in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The district also serves students at seven elementary schools.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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