High School valedictorian Konner Sauve had a surprise for all his fellow students in his graduation speech — he was the person who had been anonymously praising each and every one of the school’s 657 students on Instagram.
He created the account for “thebenevolentone3” eleven months before graduation and began commenting on pictures of each student at East Valley High in Washington state, emphasizing their best qualities.
The posts may have been about a student’s generosity and character…
Kourtney WEBB! You have finally made it! the BIG day is here Ms Webb! From being in JROTC these past years we are able to see the strength of the person you are today. You’ve proven yourself to be one of the most generous ladies I have met in high school as well as just a great person to be around, I wish nothing but the greatest for you as you venture out into your next journey. Good luck and may the best of times be ahead of yoU!
…or seeing an extra special something in that student’s yearbook quote…
Alejandro Silva You may be small. But boy do you pack a punch for your size! You have such an impact on others, simply look at your senior quote, “If you let go of your fears, you will have space to live out your dreams.” This inspiration can only come once in a lifetime! You are the voice of a generation, you’ve observed your class growing up over the years and you lived a life true to how you want. That is inspiration at work within you, you’re destined for some great things Alejandro.
…or about how their shyness is balanced by “their beautiful soul.”
Meaghan Hannah You may be shy and timid at first, but as I got to get to know you over the years I was able to see the beautiful soul you have. You’re so astonishing and unbelievable in everything you do. The way you work flawlessly around the school has been such an inspiration, you’ve woven your storyline into the others at East Valley and now it is time to cut loose and be FREE! Set out into the world, tonight is your big day. Be brave, be loud, and be courageous.
After Konner revealed himself, the comments started pouring in to thebenevolentone3 Instagram account, praising his nearly year long effort:
“You are a champion!”
“This story made me so emotional. What a beautiful selfless thing to do for those around you.”
“I am so proud that you are part of our future. It gives me hope that my kids will have great role models to look up to.
“I knew I wanted to do something different, something to lift people up, but didn’t want to make a huge thing about it,” Konner told TODAY. “Then I figured out a way to be subtle while still inspiring them and making them feel good about themselves.”
(READ more, and see more comments, at TODAY)
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