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AZ student helping teammates win concert of their dreams

Megan Squire (Source: CBS 5 News) Megan Squire (Source: CBS 5 News)
Verrado High School (Source: CBS 5 News) Verrado High School (Source: CBS 5 News)
BUCKEYE, AZ (CBS5) -

Music star Katy Perry issued a challenge to students recently - make a video from her song Roar and the best one gets a free concert on campus.

Students at Verrado High School in Buckeye entered the contest and gave it a very big inspirational twist.

Like most teenage girls, Megan Squire wants to be a star.

"I feel very excited they picked me," Squire said.

Nearly 20,000 YouTube views later, her dream came true.

"I'm the star of the video," she said.

Squire stars in Verrado High School's interpretation of Roar.

"My original idea was for me finding my roar but the more and more we thought about it the song is mainly about female empowerment," Squire said.

So for the students putting the video together, who better to represent that empowerment than Squire.

"She has gone through a lot and so we decided to use her as the main focus," said Clayton Mueller, the video director.

Squire has Down syndrome which can be challenging for some, but not for her. Not only has she excelled in school, but she tried out and made her school's cheerleading squad all four years of high school.

"It's a true story and that's probably why I'm OK with it being out there," said Megan's mom, Kimberly Squire.

The video shows how Megan Squire became a cheerleader despite her challenges and the students are hoping her story will inspire Perry to come to their school.

At first, her mom did have some hesitation.

"[I was afraid] They were going to exploit the situation and once I came in and saw the video it was so apparent to me that the kids that created the video - it was all about their love and respect for Megan," said Kimberly Squire.

Even if the video doesn't win the free concert, the kids feel they've already won.

"No matter what happens in your life, you can overcome anything and be able to do anything you want," Kimberly Squire said. "They've so won in my eyes and in my husband's eyes."

As for Megan Squire, as much as she wants to win the contest, she thinks it's more important for kids like her to win any challenge that comes their way.

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