06/05/2015 12:36 pm ET | Updated Jun 08, 2015

Fifth-Grader Sings Whitney Houston Classic For School Talent Show, Crushes It

Eleven-year-old My'Kel Lewis looks nothing like Whitney Houston.

But if you close your eyes and listen to Lewis' cover of "I Will Always Love You," performed for his school's talent show last Wednesday, you'd be forgiven for confusing the two.

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Posted by University Heights Intermediate on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Local ABC/NBC affiliate KAIT reports the crowd at University Heights Intermediate in Jonesboro, Arkansas, was floored by the fifth-grader's performance -- even crews working at the building stopped to cheer him on.

"He received a standing ovation halfway through the song," added Stephanie Andrews, a behavior specialist at the school, who shared a video of Lewis' performance on Ellen DeGeneres' video-sharing website. "This child has overcome lots of challenges, and watching him in a positive light was breathtaking ... We are so proud of him."


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