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Brutally Honest Valedictorian Regrets Being Top of the Class

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  • The King's Academy, WPB, FL
    The King's Academy, WPB, FL  3 жыл бұрын +8782

    Looks like Kyle just premiered another video on his new KZclip channel here: kzclip.org/channel/UCakDeZNN8shAPV3RGxjWFig ! Like, comment, and subscribe if you'd like more videos from our valedictorian!

    • kevin Jacob
      kevin Jacob 9 ай бұрын

      @The King's Academy, WPB, FL \aa

    • Dont Check My About Page Link
      Dont Check My About Page Link 9 ай бұрын

      My name

    • KR IM
      KR IM 9 ай бұрын


    • Butchie R
      Butchie R 10 ай бұрын

      Love this speech

    • not related to bacon
      not related to bacon 10 ай бұрын

      @Big Al so I know this isnt my debate but if I may I might be able to clear something you seem to fail to understand (and if this interjections is unwelcome then I apologize)
      But you asked the person you're debating with about why they brought up *dinosaurs being related to human*
      If I'm correct then what they are asking has to do with the theory that you yourself stated "dinosaurs and human share a common ancestor"
      The point being made with the egg laying organisms and life birth organisms is that in the theory of evolution everything was patented by the same microorganisms am I correct in that?
      If that is then the problem your debate partner is pointing out that at some point in time all life (having come from the same organism) on earth was giving birth the same way (be it eggs, life birth, or even asexual doesnt matter which)
      And if all life was giving birth the same way (being that they were from the same organism) then they would've had to suddenly change how they gave birth in a single life span
      for example I believe evolution claims the 1st major lifeforms was fish yes? Then the fish that came on land would've had to do 2 things
      1. Evolve lungs to breathe air freely
      2. At some point would've had to in a single life span go from laying an egg to live birth
      And the reason this would've had to happen in a single lifespan is because it wouldn't be able to procreate with a mid evolved reproductive system
      And now let's look at a other thing, all life started from non life at some point right? Because following the big bang everything had appeared from nothing and therefore zero life was established and had go come from nothing ,called spontaneous germination
      But in Italy year 1668 a man named Francesco Redi disproved spontaneous germination and the laws of science dont change what was true then is true now
      Non living materials cannot produce living organisms
      A lack of conscious cannot create consciousness
      And if I put a perfectly sealed indestructible box with literally zero matter in it and open it in 1M years there will be zero matter inside until I opened it
      Edit: to clarify another thing, when DNA is being produced there are always errors ever so often (which is why old age happens as cells cant reproduce perfectly) but if to much DNA is in error then DNA polymerase is constantly rereading and correcting any major errors which also doesnt help evolution theory as most all current living organisms possess either DNA polymerase or something similar that corrects abnormal DNA replication meaning all life is program to fight evolution not to keep doing it
      And further more when cells grow abnormally to function in a way that the body wasnt born with that's called cancer NOT adaption
      Adaption is the body reorienting itself within its programmed parameters to deal with a new simulation (growing calluses is adaption or a birds beak getting thicker to break hard nuts is adaption) but adaption isnt going to grow a longer neck (i.e horses to giraffes) or webbing in between digits(rats to bats)
      In short adaptation will not supersede an organisms original features it will only temporarily reinforce or readjust them (just as calluses will fade if not needed or a birds beak will thin if it feeds on softer food)

  • Brooke Lucas
    Brooke Lucas 3 жыл бұрын +18214

    He’s 18 and so well spoken. Kid is going far in his life.

    • andgate2000
      andgate2000 4 ай бұрын

      Hehe....its his education.

    • TheBigWhite Horse
      TheBigWhite Horse 4 ай бұрын

      @Frankie 5 Angels ...it's a comment placed there for another reason....😊....now for me to watch some sports...😉

    • Frankie 5 Angels
      Frankie 5 Angels 4 ай бұрын

      @TheBigWhite Horse
      Could he win what? The lottery?

    • PhantomFilmAustralia
      PhantomFilmAustralia 9 ай бұрын

      Acing tests and delivering a speech doesn't ensure success.

  • Steffani Pass
    Steffani Pass 9 ай бұрын +3930

    Imagine being a 50 year old in that audience attending a graduation and walking away with an existential crises

    • soaring aki
      soaring aki 28 күн бұрын

      oh god lol

    • Arbiter
      Arbiter 3 ай бұрын +1

      @Sparky's Malarkey it is if you’re 100.

    • Sparky's Malarkey
      Sparky's Malarkey 5 ай бұрын +3

      "It's never too late . . ."

    • depARTment
      depARTment 5 ай бұрын +8

      Imagine being 67 and the people you want to treat better have passed away.

  • Dannyeller
    Dannyeller 9 ай бұрын +3451

    I graduated this year and my valedictorian made a similar speech. She even started hers with “this is probably the first time most of you hear me speak”. It was true for me at least, same class the entire year and I never heard a peep from her. She was of course proud to stand as the number one rank of our class, but she talks a lot about missed opportunities in her relationships and she even envied people who didnt care to make it to the top like she did. This just goes to show that no one’s life is perfect, not even those who are number one.

    • Skurge
      Skurge Күн бұрын

      @Just some guy with No Life Thats upper for sure. Middle class is more around 60-85k mark

    • Skurge
      Skurge Күн бұрын

      @Its_Shay i dont think 13/hr is middle class
      more like 20+

    • CarlInGame
      CarlInGame 28 күн бұрын

      couldnt have said it better myself. Well done

    • Just some guy with No Life
      Just some guy with No Life 3 ай бұрын +3

      @Its_Shay 13 an hour is not middle class lol that's a payment below minimum wage or in other words illegal as of course companies cannot go below minimum wage get your information more correct sir. I would consider middle class anywhere between 100-150k salary a year.

    • Chris S
      Chris S 5 ай бұрын +3

      But there are many number # 1s, each is better at something different, but just because someone makes it to the top of a particular field, doesn't mean they are on top of them all. Which is why most of us are more average than above average, even those that appear gifted and more enlightened still have flaws as you have pointed out. The fact nobody is perfect is one thing we all have in common. Although, certain skill sets are more useful in daily life than others. Which is likely why some people achieve greater success without having to be a super hero. They can be for the most part an average Joe, but still achieve greatness. Such as many drop outs have become millionaires or better. Those people obviously had the drive, but weren't satisfied doing something. so, they made some changes in their lives and directed life how they wanted, rather than someone else dictating, or controlling how they achieve success.

  • Angela Marie
    Angela Marie 9 ай бұрын +948

    He's absolutely correct. I graduated from college with a 4.0 GPA, and with all the accolades you could possibly receive. Yet at the end of it, I felt tremendously empty. The struggle is real for overachievers. I sacrificed so many relationships and life experiences to get there. I ended up completely changing the direction I intended as my future career, and instead focused on family and personal growth . I ended up getting married just three years later and having four wonderful children over a ten year span. I decided to always prioritize my family (which a lot of my extended family thought was completely nuts) and not run the rat race for $$ and prestige. I ultimately became a freelance writer and a missionary. I have never looked back, although my parents have always subtly reminded me that I am a disappointment.

    • Marcus Moulton
      Marcus Moulton 23 сағат бұрын

      Better they are disappointed in you, than you being disappointed in yourself.

    • V
      V 2 ай бұрын

      @HPLovecraftsCat Description checks out. Bros lacking acknowledgement

    • Jaybird
      Jaybird 2 ай бұрын

      Gotta pay the cost to be the boss, bub

    • Gary Backstrom
      Gary Backstrom 3 ай бұрын

      I love this kid
      I wish there were more of him 😊

    • Gary Backstrom
      Gary Backstrom 3 ай бұрын

      I’m so sorry you had awful people try to make you feel bad for not over achieving
      You did the most important thing you could do , be a dad
      You made the right choice and I’m proud of you even though I’ve never met you
      Congrats my friend

  • Arudawakening
    Arudawakening 9 ай бұрын +643

    And THATS why this kid is Valedictorian! I dont think I had that kind of wisdom until I was in my 30's. Well done young man. Well done parents, and well done Kings Academy!

    • Crimson
      Crimson 5 ай бұрын +2

      @My Weird Second Channel With A Pretty Long Name adult ☕️

    • My Weird Second Channel With A Pretty Long Name
      My Weird Second Channel With A Pretty Long Name 5 ай бұрын +18

      @plexy "And THATS why this kid us Valedictorian!" after the kid says he regrets being valedictorian. Like man, how do you just disregard like everything he said in his speech?

    • plexy
      plexy 5 ай бұрын +1

      @My Weird Second Channel With A Pretty Long Name that’s not exactly a counter argument

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    • Diera Cyntje
      Diera Cyntje 9 ай бұрын +13

      So true. He'll do very well in his life because he is WISE.

  • Good Lookin' Out Homie
    Good Lookin' Out Homie 6 ай бұрын +192

    I am so fortunate to be among the exclusive club of 22 million people who have had this wisdom imparted to them.

  • Nissan Ghimire
    Nissan Ghimire 3 жыл бұрын +70945

    He turned from a valedictorian to my pastor real quick

    • GoldenPrime
      GoldenPrime Ай бұрын

      @Julian Lilly-Howe he’s allowed to do that, it’s a catholic school. And freedom of speech*
      God bless!

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  • Cotton Candy Cottage Crafts
    Cotton Candy Cottage Crafts 9 ай бұрын +521

    Whoever his parents are? You guys raised an amazing young man! Wow, just wow. I didn’t know a child of 18 could have this amount of wisdom.

    • Exploring with Nelly
      Exploring with Nelly 2 ай бұрын +1

      @M B or it may have been a combination of parents and himself.

    • M B
      M B 3 ай бұрын +5

      @Crybaby you're projecting now. Move along, my comment is apparently way over your head. Go back to your Disney marathon.

    • Crybaby
      Crybaby 3 ай бұрын +3

      @M B just because you don’t appreciate your parents doesn’t mean nobody else can.

    • M B
      M B 4 ай бұрын +16

      @Mkvli Doesn't mean that's always the rule. I grew with kids that succeeded in life and were high achievers and the only credit the parents could take were the typical things the law says they have to do for them up until 18. For you to assume it's his parents and that's the "default" is rather ignorant. Get out of the bubble.

    • Mkvli
      Mkvli 4 ай бұрын +4

      @M B stop it. It’s his fuckn parents. The most important thing for any person is their parents and how they’re raised.

  • RJWaynerium
    RJWaynerium 9 ай бұрын +720

    This guy nailed it on the head. I made the same exact mistake that this young man made and is my single regret from my academic life. Listen to this person well!!

  • lolhai
    lolhai 4 ай бұрын +55

    This young man is a leader. Few people can bring tears to my eyes. This young man knows the word!!!!!!!

  • seikatsu.
    seikatsu. 5 ай бұрын +85

    There was... once a farmer who told me and alot of other people he once told us that "being number one isn't an achievment, its a prison which forces you into dedicating your life defending that temporary position"...
    rest in peace our king.

    • seikatsu.
      seikatsu. 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Mila dlR im happy u liked it ^.^

    • Mila dlR
      Mila dlR 2 ай бұрын +4

      You don't understand how much this comment means to me. This is EXACTLY what I needed to read. As soon as I get the highest grade, instead of celebrating, I immediately try to figure out how I can achieve it again. Being first truly is a prison. For me, I also struggle with the feeling that I am disappointing people when I don't do as great as I did before. I also hate feeling that I have achieved less than I did before. I have taken a screen shot of your comment and starred it so that I can remind myself to just not care so much. Thank you for sharing🤗

    • seikatsu.
      seikatsu. 3 ай бұрын

      @RetroBlockade I'm sorry my friend...

    • RetroBlockade
      RetroBlockade 3 ай бұрын

      @seikatsu. Dammit seikatsu, I haven't cried over that in months and here you are

    • seikatsu.
      seikatsu. 3 ай бұрын +1

      @grace estrada Technoblade is our king's name.

  • Allen Bullard
    Allen Bullard Ай бұрын +17

    I remember our valedictorian at high school in 1970 who achieved full colours for academics in the 10th grade already, and in the final year ended with 8 distinctions when one need only do 6 subjects. She went on to university and committed suicide after two months on campus. To this day, no one could fathom the reason why. Maybe this young man had the answer she was looking for.

    • Eddie
      Eddie 12 күн бұрын

      wow 😮

  • Smol boi
    Smol boi  Жыл бұрын +78783

    This is the meaning of “I’ve won, but at what cost”

    • pancakes
      pancakes Ай бұрын

      Pyrrhic victory is the term

    • Jose Rodriguez
      Jose Rodriguez Ай бұрын

      Reminds me of that part of scripture saying: What profits a man if he won the whole world but lost his soul.

    • john swan
      john swan 5 ай бұрын

      pyrrhic victory

    • Nane
      Nane 6 ай бұрын

      Why I thought of Thanos when little Gamora ask him that same question and his reply was it cost him everything, so was it truely worth it.

    • Shelley Proutt
      Shelley Proutt 7 ай бұрын

      It just goes to show you when you put your mind to something you can achieve it . Do t sell yourself short .

  • Whisper292
    Whisper292 9 ай бұрын +49

    That kid learned more in that 16th second than in his entire 14 years in that school. Whether you're a Christian or not, the lesson is the same. Well done, Kyle.

  • Bryce Bailey
    Bryce Bailey 6 ай бұрын +37

    Getting valedictorian is like that feeling of 100-percenting a game, it feels great when you do it but after you feel empty cuz there's nothing left to do

    • no_money_ guilly
      no_money_ guilly Ай бұрын +1

      Smoke weed

    • plexy
      plexy 5 ай бұрын +4

      great analogy. we’re all in pursuit of a fulfilling task.

  • Gail Weatherall
    Gail Weatherall 4 ай бұрын +33

    No wonder this young man won this award. So bright and God loving. He will go far.

  • Daneen Aguina
    Daneen Aguina 9 ай бұрын +127

    It’s amazing that one of the best speeches I have ever heard was from this 18 yr. old high school sr. This scripture came to my mind as I listened to Kyle’s speech:
    I Timothy 4:12 (NIV) “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

  • Toph Majora
    Toph Majora 9 ай бұрын +37

    Great speech, you solved one of the biggest problems people face right out the gate. People don't usually learn that lesson until they have lost everything they wanted to keep but we're too busy with things that didn't matter as much as connecting with others

  • jus
    jus  Жыл бұрын +30728

    someone at my graduation plagiarized this speech im dead

    • Jeremy Whistler
      Jeremy Whistler 2 сағат бұрын

      @The Sword of Truth If your comment was to point out a fault in his speech, than I think I disagree. If people want to shout at themselves and me that all of our lives are pointless and then go cry themselves to sleep I can’t do anything about that, but proclaiming that God’s will is the only thing that matters in life to unbelievers and believers is literally a huge part of why we’re on the earth and so it’s more important than anyone’s feelings about it.

    • Jeremy Whistler
      Jeremy Whistler 5 сағат бұрын

      @The Sword of Truth I understand what you mean and I know that that is Biblical. I’m not disagreeing with anything in the Bible, I know it well enough not to, but I do think there’s an aspect of God being our Creator and thus regardless there’s a Father-child dynamic thing. Regardless of if we love Him back He loves us and that’s enough to support that dynamic. I say all of this because my earlier comments served the purpose of explaining why God’s love isn’t always what people think it should be. It’s always better, but sometimes that’s hard to understand and I think a lot of the time the Father-child explanation helps

    • The Sword of Truth
      The Sword of Truth 6 сағат бұрын

      ​@Jeremy Whistler God is our father and creator but he is not everyone father. You have to choose him in order to be your father and you will be his child but at the I think he chooses us.

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  • a very forgettable person
    a very forgettable person 2 күн бұрын +1

    Honestly, this is what happened during my elementary school. As a valedictorian in my elementary school, I felt... empty. It felt great. I was ecstatic when they called my name. I was shaking. I was nervous. But after I got to the stage, everything went away. Life didn't have any "happily ever after," and that experience of nothingness reminded me that. I woke up the next day with no goal in mind. I was having school breaks. I was playing video games. But I felt like something was missing. I spent the next 6 years with little to no accomplishments, I feel like I've been circling around aimlessly. Another goal's done, then what? Have another goal, but what comes after? It all just proves my endless sacrifices for obsession with grades and academic achievements. I've lost my identity. My mental health has at many times hit the lowest points in my life.

  • Hello There
    Hello There 9 ай бұрын +54

    This is actually a thing I've been struggling with currently. I have ADHD, and now that I'm finally at a point where school is manageable for me I'm finding myself sacrificing other things to maintain that. I'm afraid of going back to how things used to be, when I didn't understand my work and I had to painfully get through school with late assignments and barely passed tests. However, the manageability of my schoolwork comes at the expense of my free time, friends, and relationship with God. I need to work on surrendering my trust and prioritizing what's actually going to matter in 10 years, not next week. When I'm 30 I'm not going to care that I got a B on my presentation or that I forgot to finish that one reading assignment, I'm going to remember that my time was much better spent watching movies with my mom or throwing marshmallows in my friend's face at very random and inconvenient times. The bonding and memories are infinitely more valuable than a rise in a numerical grade, and I need to let go of my fear of failure in order to actually experience life.

  • NatureLover
    NatureLover 5 ай бұрын +12

    He will be influential in his generation....no doubt about it. I'm not a Christian, but I respect his attitude and message, regardless. Great speech!

  • Helen Rumsey
    Helen Rumsey 4 ай бұрын +28

    This speech is not where I thought it would go! WOW!!! So proud of this young man for speaking about Jesus. He doesn't hold back to speak up for God where most lack! May the Lord bless him in his life to come.

  • ejbpraise
    ejbpraise 9 ай бұрын +35

    As an Christian Educator, THAT was good! Well done Kings Academy, well done mom & dad! This is something many people learn late in life! Well donw!

  • umbra
    umbra 2 жыл бұрын +29702

    This guy's public speaking skills are so good, he could be president.

    • VanQuest Gaming
      VanQuest Gaming 6 ай бұрын

      @Owen Daulton 💀

    • Judas
      Judas 7 ай бұрын

      He will be if he wants to be.

    • NASA 1
      NASA 1 8 ай бұрын

      He’s good no doubt! But don’t forget it’s called a written, practiced and memorised speech! It’s also absolute bollocks!

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      susan niz 9 ай бұрын


  • Luke C
    Luke C 3 ай бұрын +4

    I must watch this video at least once a month for motivation and inspiration. This speech really moved me and this kid will go far in life. Thank you for your kind words and a well written speech.

  • John Pringle
    John Pringle 9 ай бұрын +133

    This man is stepping in with more personal wisdom than most exit with. I’m a fan

    • John Pringle
      John Pringle 4 ай бұрын +1

      @Valorie K better to believe and find out there isn’t a god than to not believe and find out there is!

    • Valorie K
      Valorie K 4 ай бұрын

      Imagine living in 2022 and believing in an all mighty fairy tale.

    • John Pringle
      John Pringle 4 ай бұрын +1

      @Bot better to believe and be wrong than not believe and be wrong 🤣😉❤️

    • Bot
      Bot 4 ай бұрын +1

      He's gonna be bummed and have to write another speech once he finds out GOD isn't real.

    • Werlux
      Werlux 4 ай бұрын +1

      ​​@Hillgrove Quantum Mechanics admit that our reality has an intelligent design in its flow. So I think you're the one who is ignorant here, not the those of faith.

  • Esteban Murphy
    Esteban Murphy 9 ай бұрын +9

    I absolutely admire this young man. This is a wholesome message and a breath of fresh air. His parents should be proud (humbly). I pray that more people embrace this mentality and better themselves. God bless you young man

  • Zoardo
    Zoardo 2 күн бұрын +1

    This is so inspiring, especially now when I’m still a student. Thank you for your wise words

  • L. Bi.
    L. Bi. 3 ай бұрын +3

    Thank you so much for your brilliant and honest thoughts. Just 4 days ago, I graduated being among the top 5 of my class and instead of celebrating, I was completely down because of the price I had to pay for this and the sacrifices I've made. It felt almost as if I betrayed my values and myself for this accomplishment and I'm having such a hard time to make my family and friends understand what I am feeling and that it is not a bad thing but rather a moment of clarity and sincerity I never felt before. So thank you again, your speech gave me hope!

  • Sacred Alien
    Sacred Alien 10 ай бұрын +12597

    That’s one of the best valedictorian speeches I’ve heard. Wasn’t negative or depressing at all, was real talk and I’m sure everyone in the room appreciated it.

    • plexy
      plexy 5 ай бұрын

      @Juno Donatus of course, and to be completely transparent, i’m happy to be told that i was misunderstanding you. anyways, i’m referring to the two comments where you mentioned, “your generation,” especially the part about doing dishes. it seemed to me that you were punching down at some of these people for being younger than you.
      also, adding this after posting, i agree with your point about his lesson being around for generations. it’s not profound, and he is only getting praise because he was born in the era of cameras.

    • Juno Donatus
      Juno Donatus 5 ай бұрын

      Can I have an example, I'm willing to consider your viewpoint.

    • plexy
      plexy 5 ай бұрын

      @Juno Donatus finished reading this thread and man.. why so condescending? not regarding religion or the speech but you and how you’re talking to people.

    • Juno Donatus
      Juno Donatus 9 ай бұрын

      Of course, the lucky ones don't.

    • ITEEZ
      ITEEZ 9 ай бұрын

      @Juno Donatus speak for yourself because not all adults know

  • Forever Young
    Forever Young 7 ай бұрын +14

    One of the best if not the best graduation speech ever. It's short, simple but direct and not self involved

  • Keps
    Keps 9 ай бұрын +15

    Literally the best and most encouraging speech I've ever heard❤️

  • Kanayo Adibe
    Kanayo Adibe 7 ай бұрын +6

    I learned this lesson a few years ago when I was accomplishing so many goals but feeling empty.. I am 39 right now and know a lot of people who still don’t have this mindset. I am so proud of this dude, to have arrived at this place so early in his life. Now life will be meaningful and well balanced for him and others who he will inspire. He is truly blessed and wise beyond his years.

  • HeadlineTV
    HeadlineTV 9 ай бұрын +18

    This speech should be made available to all graduates. It’s filled with the essence of what is necessary to have not just great accomplishments, but a great life. Bravo.

  • Checkmate
    Checkmate Ай бұрын +3

    You can just tell he’s truly a good person and is willing to admit what’s true rather than what looks best for him in the moment. Most people would’ve been talking about this title for there lives and gloating about it and getting trapped in there ego. This guy immediately through it all away and stated how he truly feels about it even if the teachers and school faculty looked down on him.

  • Edwin Paz
    Edwin Paz 2 жыл бұрын +26523

    To the people complaining about him talking about God, Religion, etc.
    The King's Academy is a Private Christian School. Have a nice day.

    • Frog_E_Legs
      Frog_E_Legs 4 ай бұрын

      Thanks for clearing that up cause that was kinda iffy to start with for me

    • Thatoneguy
      Thatoneguy 5 ай бұрын

      @JIMMY JANG just because you don’t agree with something doesn’t mean you can’t expose yourself to it

    • Phillip McIlroy
      Phillip McIlroy 5 ай бұрын

      @Outcast Like Biden you mean?.

    • Phillip McIlroy
      Phillip McIlroy 5 ай бұрын

      PRIVATE SCHOOL. SPOILT. WEALTHY. SMART. CONFIDENT. HARD WORKER. FUTURE LEADER. Has his life planned. Bravo from New Zealand young fella.

    • Jun Kim
      Jun Kim 5 ай бұрын

      @Ella Julia let's be real though what kind of reason can she truly have to invalidate Christianity or any other religion for that matter?
      A material reductionist, non spiritual atheist, post modernist, and modernist can't possibly ground themselves objectively to invalidate anything. I urge most people to truly think deep about the typical atheistic world view. If they try to justify anything they believe as true due to reason we have to ask what makes their belief rational. If they say it's because of reason it's circular reasoning. If they base their beliefs due to empiricism we can appeal to Hume's problem of empiricism due to induction simply meaning what we see and perceive can change at any moment thus nothing is truly certain. Without appealing to God or a supernatural entity/ phenomenon I sincerely believe an atheist especially the 4 groups I mentioned can't objectively substantiate anything he or she believes to be true at all.

  • Rogue55
    Rogue55 9 ай бұрын +8

    I took a lot of inspiration from this man for my valedictorian speech, nothing is as important as family and our relationships. I am glad that I had the opportunity to teach my class the lesson I learned by sacrificing to the top. Thank you for teaching me a lesson that I can teach to others.

    • plexy
      plexy 5 ай бұрын

      do u think it was anyone in the stands who had also watched this video then made the connections and was like “my man 😎👉🏼👉🏼”

  • x
    x 4 ай бұрын +7

    I'm impressed by the intelligence of this young man and the lesson that he is sharing as I didn't grasp this depth until I was 70. Now I'm dying from cancer and I have no family and no friends because I sacrificed everything for selfish gain 😎

  • Jhanimal Luvr
    Jhanimal Luvr 6 ай бұрын +5

    I wish I had a penny for all the times I have heard this concept of no regrets. From high school to now, it’s crystal clear that we are the sum of our decisions and actions.
    Whether we know it or not, we influence those around for good or bad. As you get older, you start wondering how you got where you are and when you reflect on your decisions, you’ll be shocked at how many bad ones you’ve made “for the sake of financial gain, power, connections, status, recognition…” and you’ll weep because all the “stuff” has left little or no space for shared feelings and bonds and you’re now standing alone in a graveyard mourning your neglected dreams.
    No matter what your belief system is, you cannot deny how empty you feel without friends, family, memories, insight, and a growing anticipation of whatever non material growth is to come.
    Don’t waste your time doing anything that will not lift up others or make the world better. Make connections, believe in your true dreams, and birth as many miracles as you can. If you weren’t critical to the existential process, you wouldn’t be here. Time to saddle up and ride!

  • Partridge Productions
    Partridge Productions 9 ай бұрын +6

    I always feared that, I would lose the connections I made with my friends and family if I became #1. I was so worried, I nearly failed. I made myself even more stressed since I had to work harder and not seeing my friends, but, this year, I passed it, my friends grew stronger. I did it for one reason and one reason only, to hear my dad say during my graduation “I’m always proud of you.” Those words always cut deep to me, he always tells me that no matter what, he’ll always be there for me, even when he’s gone. May God protect this dude.

  • Barbie
    Barbie  9 ай бұрын +3

    Fantastic speech! And very meaningful. I totally need to practice this. It's not an accident that this video popped up. You're awesome buddy!

  • Jpxfrd Dufjef
    Jpxfrd Dufjef  Жыл бұрын +20181

    This guy has wisdom beyond his years, he didn’t hate on anyone in this speech so idk why u would dislike

    • Jeremy Whistler
      Jeremy Whistler 9 ай бұрын

      @Tommy Nguyen Arrogance is thinking "You can't understand" is not a valid excuse. If I didn't challenge my beliefs I wouldn't have them.

    • Tommy Nguyen
      Tommy Nguyen 9 ай бұрын

      @Jeremy Whistler yeah obviously, “You can’t understand” is the ultimate excuse for religions I guess. Just for once, challenge all of your deeply migrained religious “theories”, beliefs and you can see how ridiculous and nonsense they are.

    • Jeremy Whistler
      Jeremy Whistler 9 ай бұрын

      @Tommy Nguyen and you and I both know there are and have been far more great men and women who did what they did with God’s help. Again, you could argue it wasn’t with God’s help, but I don’t think any of those great people need you to speak for them on a topic you can’t fathom.

    • Jeremy Whistler
      Jeremy Whistler 9 ай бұрын

      @Tommy Nguyen I absolutely agree with that first part. I don’t accept anything fully that hasn’t been proved to me. That’s why I have faith, because it’s the only thing any of us can know for 100% certain and you can argue that but it would be in vain because you’d be arguing against something you can’t fathom. Education is supposed to expand your knowledge in the ways that will help you live your life, NOT to fact check faith. Religion and faith are two different things. Religion is absolutely man-made, faith is not. And I suppose when you say “Grow up!” It’s directed towards me, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Missionaries all over the world, volunteers for outreach in every community including your own, Charles Darwin (who accepted Christ into his life before he died), most of the founders of America, most of the abolitionists in America throughout the centuries, most of the slaves in the fields, the SCLC, Abby Kelley, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, the men and women who put an end to human sacrifices and killing infants and children, countless soldiers who fought in every war, your ancestors, all of our ancestors, Joan of Arc, George Washington, all of the founding fathers for that matter, and Barack Obama, all people who did the good things they did through faith.

  • Arjay Arjay
    Arjay Arjay 8 ай бұрын +7

    Such a heart-warming speech. Truly a brilliant mind.

  • Paula Doucette
    Paula Doucette 9 ай бұрын +1

    An absolutely wonderful valedictorian speech! Very well said. Very powerful. ♥️

  • Xorrior
    Xorrior 6 ай бұрын +4

    Awww... I feel so sorry for him. This is the exact kind of distortion that is the core of what sucks about this world. Despite whatever he wrote in his speech, his reality will remain better than the majority of us because of what he is.

  • Doreen Smith
    Doreen Smith Ай бұрын +1

    What an amazing individual.....lesson for us all indeed

  • Grins
    Grins  Жыл бұрын +11268

    This dude is the protagonist of every high-school teenage show.

    • Frankie 5 Angels
      Frankie 5 Angels 4 ай бұрын

      @Super Booster
      He is the villain in such movies.

    • Tyron Mmakolaa
      Tyron Mmakolaa 11 ай бұрын +1

      No literally.

    • Pepe Arown
      Pepe Arown  Жыл бұрын

      He seems like the nerd clique character that they’d portably give glasses and acne for “comedic effect”.

    • • bakedbread •
      • bakedbread •  Жыл бұрын +2

      He even has a voice like one too lol

  • trippings
    trippings 9 ай бұрын +6

    No man! You earned that five minute speech to share something will change somebody's life and now its worth it.

  • Jann Wilkins
    Jann Wilkins 7 ай бұрын +2

    What a Smart young man. This is probably the most rewarding speeches that I have ever listened to in my life. I will always remember the 16th second speech forever. I am a little older than 50 but not to old to learn. Thank you and I know you're parents are very proud of you. God bless you for putting God first!❤️

  • Mar Torres
    Mar Torres 9 ай бұрын +4

    He speaks so well. It's a written speech, but it's great and the delivery is excellent. Bravo and wish him lots of success.

  • Oso Royalty Tai
    Oso Royalty Tai 9 ай бұрын +5

    Truly he deserved a standing ovation to me this shows the lack of relationship respect obedience and so much more we should all be teach as adults and learning as growing teens… ect.

  • ChennyTae Kang
    ChennyTae Kang 12 күн бұрын +2

    I'm totally mesmerised with his voice. The more I listen to this.. the more I want more. I've listened to it multiple times yet I'm still not satisfied. I wanted more and I still do..
    They way he spoke was amazing.

  • Dr Wood
    Dr Wood 2 жыл бұрын +21930

    Grades are letters, GPA is a number, but your character is your life.

    • Jordon
      Jordon 9 ай бұрын

      @Y e e t College is a waste of time usually, depending what career path you are in

    • PhantomFilmAustralia
      PhantomFilmAustralia 9 ай бұрын

      @That one rustchance guy You could have the highest GPA, yet if you can't work and gel with people, you will be out. Getting your foot in the door is the easy part. Staying in is something else. Five years into the workforce, employers don't care about your GPA---it's what you've done in the meantime.

    • brooklyn
      brooklyn 10 ай бұрын

      @A Texan Kid that’s not likely though. really the only way to succeed is through schooling because that’s what society constructed it as.

    • A Texan Kid
      A Texan Kid 10 ай бұрын

      @brooklyn if you can get an ok joke with real good promotions, you don’t even need college or grades, they help a fuck ton though

    • An account
      An account 10 ай бұрын

      @emptynutellajar not always, trades exist and it’s possible to go to community college and build your gpa up

  • Sequilla Williams
    Sequilla Williams 9 ай бұрын +4

    The fact that he learned this during high School is amazing this is going to save him so much future heartache!!!!

  • Mr moo moo
    Mr moo moo 9 ай бұрын

    As we grow old as parents, nothing compares to what we have mould our children to be. The results says it all. No amount of money can buy that outcome. 😊💪🏼🙏

  • Jesslyn Hoennicke
    Jesslyn Hoennicke 4 ай бұрын

    This was brilliant! I hope his class took his lesson to heart!

  • Bryan Simmons
    Bryan Simmons 8 күн бұрын

    Well learned, and well done. Wishing you all the best for here on out young man. God Bless.

  • Kalle
    Kalle 3 күн бұрын

    "A lesson learned is a lesson shared." ❤

  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith 10 ай бұрын +19126

    He doesn’t regret being valedictorian, he’s saying there’s a lot more important things then just book knowledge, grades and being the smartest. Go do things you love, spend time with friends, family, don’t stress about things that really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, etc. Don’t waste your time overly obsessed with just 1/2 things. Do it all

    • Fruit Punch Samurai
      Fruit Punch Samurai 9 ай бұрын

      @Loto you misunderstand mine as well

    • Loto
      Loto 9 ай бұрын

      @Fruit Punch Samurai you misunderstand my point

    • ℤ ℭ д̷Ỗ̷Ќ̷₸̷Ỗ̷Ƥ ̷Ќ̷ԉ̷Ẹ̷ȹ☭ ℭ ℤ
      ℤ ℭ д̷Ỗ̷Ќ̷₸̷Ỗ̷Ƥ ̷Ќ̷ԉ̷Ẹ̷ȹ☭ ℭ ℤ 9 ай бұрын

      @Fruit Punch Samurai idk, time consuming, VERY time consuming

    • Fruit Punch Samurai
      Fruit Punch Samurai 9 ай бұрын

      @Loto discipline is learned through many things, being at the top of the school is just one way of achieving discipline, there are endless lessons in life that gives you the discipline you need to strive and survive. His hardship is celebrated and well received, but is not a one way to the end.

    • Fruit Punch Samurai
      Fruit Punch Samurai 9 ай бұрын

      @ℤ ℭ д̷Ỗ̷Ќ̷₸̷Ỗ̷Ƥ ̷Ќ̷ԉ̷Ẹ̷ȹ☭ ℭ ℤ what you mean, i am having the time of my life doing that same thing

  • Shauna
    Shauna 9 ай бұрын

    He discovered something super important at such a young age that many ppl take much longer to figure out or never figure out at all. Very impressive 🙌🏾

  • Sean norman
    Sean norman 9 ай бұрын +4

    Beautiful speech...
    It is interesting his is a high school kid, he might be in a physical form but intellectually he is far beyond high School education... Combination of his support of mom and dad and having the hunger for education equals a well-rounded person.. .. 👍

  • Kiwi470
    Kiwi470 7 ай бұрын +2

    Awesome speech👏👍! A very mature outlook on life and what we need to procure our futures without being neglectful or selfish. You will go far young man, keep your positive attitude and stay in God’s love 🙏💕💖

  • Mikey Chrisanthus
    Mikey Chrisanthus 9 ай бұрын

    Fantastic speech. Not how I expected it to go, but how it should have went. Props to this man.

    JANNY TESIO 9 ай бұрын

    Yeah, he's very right. Growing up as an achiever is very hard. Dedicating your whole time to studying and no time for relaxing, or socializing like what other kids do. And it sucks that I didn't enjoy my childhood days😪

  • Manuel Romero
    Manuel Romero 3 жыл бұрын +23790

    Can you imagine coming in second to this guy and being all like bruh he didn’t even want this.

    • Bonnye Rose
      Bonnye Rose 10 ай бұрын


    • Mr Sir
      Mr Sir 11 ай бұрын

      He did want it but he realized after he got it that is wasn’t worth it. Did you not listen to the speech it was like the entire point

    • Seams
      Seams  Жыл бұрын

      @Siete Carpinchos Siete Carpinchos

    • ShadowMachine00
      ShadowMachine00  Жыл бұрын

      Feels like a anime villain origin story bahaha

    • julian ly
      julian ly  Жыл бұрын


  • Janet Crain
    Janet Crain 28 күн бұрын

    Wow! This young man shows a Godly wisdom that is so rare!🙌💙

  • Nara
    Nara 7 ай бұрын +2

    WOW!!! Powerful and encouraging words to live by.

  • Judy Thompson
    Judy Thompson 9 ай бұрын +2

    this is an amazing guy. He's got places to go and I suspect he'll get there.

  • SD Prescott
    SD Prescott 6 ай бұрын +2

    That wisdom came from God's heart and is a signpost for all that hear him. Humble and courageous young man ! His parents must be thoroughly blessed. Well done !!

  • Jeremy Whistler
    Jeremy Whistler 9 ай бұрын +3

    *It's too late for me to be valedictorian because of mistakes I've made in the past as far as determination and class selection even though I am fortunately in the top 10% still, but the sad part is I know like almost all of the people ahead of me including the valedictorian and they strike me as relatively unintelligent people most of the time. Like how can they always talk about cheating, not studying, sports (not to say sports mean you're dumb, but they certainly are time consuming), getting no sleep, videogames (Same reason as sports), and messing around in class and somehow they are gonna be the top people in my class. Also, this guy is one of the few people who knows why we exist at all, why we live a life, what he needs to say and how he can make his life matter, and I'm almost 100% certain nobody ahead of me in my class knows God. I've only made it to the top 10% with faith and I just wish that I could someday do something like what this kid did here. Be true to who you are, who you were meant to be, and why you are through faith and love.*

  • lukewhite
    lukewhite  Жыл бұрын +9358

    You dont regret being Valedictorian. You regret making it your primary goal in life.

    • Sallahudin
      Sallahudin 5 ай бұрын +1

      Good he learnt that lesson early.

    • plexy
      plexy 5 ай бұрын

      @Bleep Blarp LMFAOOOOO

    • cezzy
      cezzy 10 ай бұрын


    • cezzy
      cezzy 10 ай бұрын


  • Ken&Shelly Chasing the sun in our Rolling Condo

    What a amazing young man . Everything he said is spot on . I’m 58 and I’ve lived it . No regrets

  • Lynda Smythe
    Lynda Smythe 9 ай бұрын

    Meaningful lesson to share with his peers at 18. I hope they get it…

  • Deven Lassche
    Deven Lassche 9 ай бұрын

    Not sure if this is the original/original poster. But I'm floored by how good of a speech he did, and it really got me thinking about some things I'm my own life. I can only imagine the kind of impact that this could have done for me if I only seen it a few years sooner. Loved it

  • Gab Ballares
    Gab Ballares 7 ай бұрын

    I've seen this video several times. I just can't help watching it over and over again. I just admire how great a speaker he is.

  • Mr.chern
    Mr.chern 9 ай бұрын +1

    So funny this popped out right after I came to a similar conclusion in my life.
    For about a year now I felt like I was swimming against the flow, yeah it was hard, but it wasn't just hard, it was more than that, it felt like I was wasting my life. At some point while studying my mind started to drift away, and I started imagining me doing this exact this, studying math and physics for the rest of this year, then another 4 years in uni, then find a work where I'll be doing the exact same sitting around, while studying for another 4 years because you can't get anywhere with just first degree.
    It got me so depressed, I put down my pen, rolled my chair away from the desk, and just stared at the ceiling for a few minutes, my mind felt numb from all the thoughts that were running through it, me trying to convince myself that this is the best and safest path, since the alternative would be getting drafted, since here we have 3 years mandatory service after highschool, unless you join a special scholarship program like I tried to do.
    Well, I thought about it, considered it, and came to the conclusion, I am 19 years old, I have my whole life ahead of me, what would 3 years worth as long as I get to experience new parts of life that I've never lived through before? Yeah it will be dangerous, yeah it will be scary, that's part of life, and I feel that unless I live through it, I will not be able to appreciate what life has to offer.
    Now imagine how my mom reacted when I told her all of that xD, she did not like the idea, but after I explained to her how I feel (something I've never done with anyone before, now that I think about it) she seems slightly more open to the idea. So yeah, glad I understood that this early on.

  • Void Boi
    Void Boi  Жыл бұрын +28074

    In a nutshell: the most important thing ever is the friends and relationships we made along the way

    • Short Better
      Short Better 9 ай бұрын

      Life is not about being in a place but about the friends we made along the way

    • ReroMan
      ReroMan 10 ай бұрын

      @MyDarKnightMare it was good until that part, should have kept it relationships in general.

    • ZANGO
      ZANGO 10 ай бұрын

      @MyDarKnightMare fr 🤣

    • AS PE
      AS PE 10 ай бұрын

      No, the most important thing is to be the best “you” that you can be. The best friends will result. Sure, you’ll have fewer friends but they’ll be the best friends that you could possibly have. Cheers!

  • V__ Nikolaou
    V__ Nikolaou 9 ай бұрын +22

    I was valedictorian in my uni and let me tell ya, I will never not feel proud of it. It's been a year and I still tear up thinking that I did that.

    • V__ Nikolaou
      V__ Nikolaou 6 ай бұрын

      @Brennan Reidy why will I move on from one of the very few things I've done to make myself proud?

    • Brennan Reidy
      Brennan Reidy 6 ай бұрын

      Still riding it out in the depths of youtube comments...sheesh kid, time to move on.

    • V__ Nikolaou
      V__ Nikolaou 9 ай бұрын +1

      @iAmMercy yeap 🤣🤣

    • iAmMercy
      iAmMercy 9 ай бұрын +1

      And you tear up alone

  • Gerald Kor
    Gerald Kor 7 ай бұрын +2

    What a message!!! God Bless him.

  • Sir Jed Channel#721🕵
    Sir Jed Channel#721🕵 8 ай бұрын +4

    Nice! I'm now 54 yrs old. But this life's lesson shared by this young man has enlightened me a lot. Indeed, healthy relationships are the most important thing above all in life. Much more important than all the success one could ever have in this life. Even if u are d most successful man in this life in terms of career if u don't have healthy relationships with others like your family, friends & other people in your life then your success means nothing. Healthy relationships make our life more meaningful in this world.

  • Augusto Benate
    Augusto Benate 5 ай бұрын +5

    people clapping for him, and him knowing he was crush all of that exicitment was a great moment on this speech

  • Fabian Lawstudies
    Fabian Lawstudies 9 ай бұрын

    Congratulations to all the graduates. I wish you all the best of luck on the journey that awaits!!! 🥳🎊🎉

  • JJ Salcido
    JJ Salcido 3 жыл бұрын +86800

    Our valevictorian didnt even show up to the graduation. 😂

    • Patricia Ashley
      Patricia Ashley Ай бұрын

      Is That A Blessing Or A Curse?
      Jesus Showed Up.
      Jesus Is Our Rock.
      You Did What You Went
      To College To Do; You Finished; Got What You Went
      For. Hallelujah !
      Now Pray God Bless What You Want. Congratulations.
      Read : Psalm 23.

    • Wit Elenor
      Wit Elenor 2 ай бұрын

      @ScootMagoot46 Jesus loves you

    • Munim
      Munim 3 ай бұрын


    • The Channel
      The Channel 4 ай бұрын +1

      Romans 10:9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

  • mulvey0731
    mulvey0731 10 күн бұрын

    I never sacrificed for sport or school, but used both to hide out in. People never “saw” me. Because of that, I graduated High School without any thought or planning for what laid ahead. Looking back, there were several opportunities for planning and reflection, I just never knew it and never saw reality until it was eye to eye with me.
    I think many are like that. Few can go from 0 to 90 in time to catch up with life and get in the game like I did. Extended family can do a lot to see a star gazer and bring them down to earth; if they “see” them.

  • No
    No 9 ай бұрын +2

    This year, I came to the realization that I was letting my grades get in the way of possible friendships. I spent countless afternoons stressing over grades that, in the end, don't matter, and I distanced myself from others so much that, by the end of this year, I only had two friends. One just graduated. I'm starting my last school year with just one friend. Everyone's grades will be the exact same, and the cycle will repeat. But in 10 years, nobody will care that I got a 95 on my pre-cal test. If I have kids, they won't ask about my grades in school, they'll ask about who I was and what I did, and I've only just realized that I won't have anything to tell them

  • The Therran Native
    The Therran Native 4 күн бұрын

    I am currently in school and struggling to maintain passable grades, but I am happier than I ever was at a 4.0.
    I have a dad I love spending time with, a best friend I adore, free time to pursue my hobbies, and just the right degree of directionlessness in life that I feel like I could go anywhere. The number listed under my name says I am no longer successful, but I have never been as fulfilled as I am right now. It was absolutely worth the trade.

  • Nikki B
    Nikki B 4 ай бұрын

    Absolutely top notch. Your speech was excellent young man and I hope you feel very proud. Sending much love and respect to you across the pond 🙌👨‍🎓❤ x.

  • Just tell
    Just tell 2 ай бұрын

    Amazing Speech!❤️ I'm blessed to hear this. 🙏🙌

  • Anthony
    Anthony  Жыл бұрын +31637

    He kept having to catch his breath cause he’s carrying 80 pounds of cords and medals

    • MeltyZombie
      MeltyZombie 9 ай бұрын

      @Pug gang what?

    • Pug gang
      Pug gang 9 ай бұрын

      @MeltyZombie copium

    • MeltyZombie
      MeltyZombie 9 ай бұрын

      @Pug gang you were too late i already said it

    • Pug gang
      Pug gang 9 ай бұрын

      And another 20 of sheer ball size

  • Joanne de Vera
    Joanne de Vera 9 ай бұрын +1

    Wow. That was influential. I’m in my 30s and that was something I needed to hear. That was an amazing speech.

    ABUFARAH 7 ай бұрын +2

    i was in the same shoes when i was i Highschool. Everyone is expecting me to be a valedictorian but in my Junior level i changed my perspective towards my goals in life. I just enjoy my school year, enjoy the party, enjoy the family as long as im passing my grades im contented with it. Life is too short, don't waste time on too much studying. You could still learn without school. Everyday is a learning process. Live your life simple and be contented what you have. dream of something that you like and achievable.

  • Betty Reynolds
    Betty Reynolds Ай бұрын

    God bless that young man! He is so wise for his age and more wise than many adults.

  • Karren Popovics
    Karren Popovics 5 ай бұрын +1

    Thank you. I was top of my class. Before graduation I was told that I would not be recognized as 1st in my class because of an enforced leave of absence in my Sr.year.I have foolishly run for the recognition of being the best my entire life. No more. I believe that the LORD wants me to stop. I no longer have have the 'top of my class 'mindset. But getting there mentally is so difficult. Does anyone have any suggestions???

  • Paul Fitzgerald
    Paul Fitzgerald 7 ай бұрын

    This brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Liam Virden
    Liam Virden  Жыл бұрын +17625

    Our valedictorian didn’t even realize he had to write a speech until the night before

    • Tomás Pabón
      Tomás Pabón 10 ай бұрын

      Not a very bright valedictorian huh?

    • Diane Grancich
      Diane Grancich 10 ай бұрын

      @lakia was it a good speach?

    • Lam Thanh Nguyen
      Lam Thanh Nguyen 10 ай бұрын

      Mortis super well actually! i wrote it super drunk at the bar the night before. But it was heartfelt and everyone loved it haha

    • Adam Sadhin
      Adam Sadhin 10 ай бұрын

      @Camacy Samuels bruhh I did that yesterday 😂

    • Kameron Lescantz
      Kameron Lescantz 10 ай бұрын +2

      I'm the saludatiorian of like 80 kids and I have zero idea what to write, im just ready to get out of here

  • Emily Mangiaracina
    Emily Mangiaracina 8 ай бұрын +1

    What an amazing young man. I hope he remembers this when life becomes very real after bills and loans start to roll in. I hope he remembers this when life becomes consumed with work because bills have to be paid. I hope he remembers this when he comes home late in the evening and he has kids to take care of. It's so so easy to say you want to try to have relationships with others but man when real adult life hits it goes out the window. I hope he will remembers his words and do his best into adulthood!

  • Collin Reese Jones
    Collin Reese Jones 2 ай бұрын


  • Dimitri Carreira
    Dimitri Carreira 9 ай бұрын +5

    I would love some advice from that kid’s parents….. they got it right!! They must be so proud. Amazing speech!