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Eighth Grader Does Political Impressions (Video)

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Jack Aiello, an eighth grader at Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, recently gave an entertaining graduation speech that has gone viral (video below).

The 14-year-old boy began with an impression of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, reports NBC Chicago.

"And you know people say I don't like China," Jack said. "I love China. I love China. I have so many terrific friends in China. When I took Spanish, and let me just tell you, by the way, that it was fantastico, muy fantastico."

Jack then switched to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas: "Let me start by saying this, God bless the great school of Thomas."

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The youngster broke character while doing his impression of President Barack Obama talking about yoga.

The grade schooler then switched over to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: "I’d like to start off by thanking the great hardworking teachers of Thomas Middle School. They’ve been our champions. They’ve given us the skills to we need get through sixth grade and through seventh grade and through eighth grade. And now we’re going to take those skills and apply them to high school."

Jack concluded with his impression of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont by calling for free cinnamon rolls.

"Why should students have to pay for those cinnamon rolls? It doesn't make sense!" Jack added. "What we need is a cinnamon roll revolution!"

"As far as schools go, TMS is in the top one half of one half of one percent of schools in the entire country," Jack said.

The crowd gave the boy a standing ovation.

The graduating class had to come up with a speech as part of an assignment. Jack was one of the three finalists picked by staff and teachers.

"He was hands down No. 1 because it was going to speak to the kids," school principal Brian Kaye told NBC Chicago.

"He’s been doing [impressions] since he was very young — family members, teachers, he even makes up his own silly voices and he’s been doing that for a very long time," Carla Aiello, the boy's mom, added. "And then with the election, he watches the news clips and he just absorbs everything."

"If you were to ask him what he really wants to do, he really truly does want to be president someday," John Aiello, Jack's father, said. "He feels a great desire to be a leader. A politician or a comedian, which the lines do sometimes blur."

Jack's comedic hero? Dana Carvey, who the teen reportedly hopes to meet one day.

"Politics has been something he's been interested in for several years," the boy's dad told ABC News. "He's always been good with impressions, so while watching along with his mom and I, he picked up phrases and mannerisms of the candidates."

Sources: NBC Chicago, ABC News / Photo Credit: John Aiello/YouTube

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