The “Most Amazing [Borrowed] College Welcome Speech Ever”

Georgia Tech sophomore and Mechanical Engineering major Nick Selby gave a rousing welcome speech at the 2013 Freshman Convocation. It didn’t take long for the speech to go viral. Or for Gawker to realize that the speech had been borrowed from a 2008 speech given by Andy Stone, once the debate team champion at Arizona State. (Click here and then skip to the 8:40 mark to see the similar part of Stone’s speech.) But here’s perhaps the most straightforward explanation. It turns out that Selby was once coached by Stone, and on his Facebook page, Selby writes: “I had an awesome speech coach in high school by the name of Andy Stone, and was absolutely thrilled when he agreed to let me use the end of his award-winning speech as the foundation for my own.”

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