Brutally Honest Valedictorian Regrets Being Top of the Class


Good evening on behalf of the senior
class I would like to thank all the
people who make the king’s academy
excellent to the Board of Governors for
the wisdom you bring the prayers that
you pray and the vision you lay out for
TKA we thank you the administration for
the godly oversight you bring to the
school and for making the tough calls
when needed we thank you to the faculty
who give your all each and every day
laboring to provide us with a tremendous
education and pushing us to do our best
even on the days that we don’t want to
learn all the while taking the extra
time to build relationships with us that
for some will last a lifetime we thank
you to the staff who worked tirelessly
coordinating our lives in our events
while supporting us and the faculty we
thank you to the king’s academy
maintenance department who keep our
campus running efficiently and create a
beautiful place for us to come and learn
every day we thank you to each member of
each family represented in the senior
class whose support sacrifice and
dedication has not been overlooked we
thank you especially the parents and the
guardians who have paid for and who have
supported us throughout our education we
thank you and we love you I stand before
you tonight as the 2019 valedictorian
this time last year I found out that I
was in the running for this title it was
then that I decided I wanted it so I
worked hard for it
I sacrificed for it and yes I stressed
for it
and I got it
and at our senior award ceremony it felt
so good when I heard my name announced
with this title I so good for about 15
seconds yeah 15 seconds of my heart
racing and my adrenaline pumping 15
seconds of yeah I won 15 seconds of
being at the top of the pile of all my
accomplishments and it felt euphoric but
there must become a 16 second and on
that 16th second sat down on my seat I
looked at my silver stole that says
valedictorian and I thought that’s it
what just happened why why am I not
feeling anything else to be honest I
don’t even know what I was expecting a
parade of balloons to drop or maybe I
was hoping that all of my problems would
fade away in comparison to this amazing
achievement but none of that happened
not even in my heart I felt nothing I
was shocked
this was a huge problem for me and I
needed to figure out why so here was my
thought process working hard is good it
is in fact biblical but it should not be
done for the sole purpose of a goals
sake at the expense of relationship with
others and looking back on this year I
realized that the stress of this year
for this goal and a five-minute speech
was paid for with the lack of attending
to relationships in my life well lesson
learned and self-reflection accomplished
now I would like you my fellow
classmates to do some self-reflecting
I would like you to take a moment to
fill in a different thing that you
strive for and you focused on something
that you thought was the end-all be-all
perhaps it was sports perhaps it was
fine arts academics getting into a
particular school an unhealthy social
life social media or video games
friends we are about to launch into life
and we haven’t messed anything up yet
now think instead of academics taking
your focus off your important
relationships it was your career you
chose over your spouse instead of sports
it’s money that you pursue at the
detriment of your children instead of
just the instagram-worthy picture hits
striving to be famous at the expense of
time with your friends because now
you’re too self-involved I’m well aware
that this is kind of a downer speech but
I don’t care because a lesson learned
should be a lesson shared now I’m glad
that I have only made this mistake of
striving for something that is in the
light of eternity not important for just
one year I can’t imagine if I learned
this at 50 or at the end of my life
here’s the lesson have no regrets in the
sixteenth second nothing is more
important than your healthy
nothing not your goals not your
successes and here’s why relationships
are where we get to influence impact and
change people’s lives your life cannot
be meaningful without them and we are
put on this earth by our Creator and we
all have a purpose to advance God’s
kingdom that all may be safe and how we
all go about that that’s what’s
different it’s different in what college
we choose who we marry and what career
we choose it’s different in the triumphs
and tragedies that come upon us but in
all those things new relationships are
being formed as you live your life on
this earth there is no greater good than
you can do for a person than to love
them so much that you point them to
Jesus Christ but first he should be your
first relationship that you cannot
neglect and I want you to know I have
been here at TKA for 14 years and I love
this school and I love all of you
my classmates and tonight I am imploring
you if you have not begun that purse
relationship with Jesus Christ just do
it there is no better way to start
something new and closin chapter of your
life than with him if he is your Lord
and Savior then make sure you care for
that relationship above all others
and after that prioritize what is
important in your life and never never
lose focus of your important
relationships so be generous with your
time and money and a lot of relational
issues will be resolved and by the way
it’s not too late to mend fractured
relationships any friends you haven’t
spoken to in a while because of your
pride parents whom you disrespected and
teachers who you never thanked just do
it humble yourself start a conversation
have no regrets in the sixteenth second
in conclusion this has been one of the
hundreds of life lessons I have learned
that the King’s Academy and that has
been more valuable than academics so
thank you to all who have taken the time
to teach each of us our lessons and once
again thank you to our parents who have
been the main source of our lesson
learning we did it you and us and we
love you for your sacrifice to put us at
Kings and for putting up with our
attitudes along the way thank you for
sticking with us when we receive our
Poma tonight just now we all have earned it.