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A California high school senior who was wait-listed to attend the University of Michigan may have sung himself off the waiting list and into the freshmen class.

Lawrence Yong, a high school senior at Granada Hills Charter High School in Los Angeles, was placed on the University of Michigan’s waiting list and knew he needed to do something to stand out from thousands of other students jockeying for the relatively few available spots.

“I had already written an essay for my application and I thought that maybe it wasn’t enough to convey to the university who I was. I thought the video was a way to put a face to the application,” he said.

The self-described “shy” teen turned to his strengths, a cappella singing, revamped the lyrics to one of his favorite songs, the Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back,” and posted the video on YouTube.

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