The Photos This High Schooler Posted Of His Classmates Will Shock You — In The Best Way!
Posted by GreaterGoodness
In his graduation speech, East Valley High School valedictorian Konner Sauve dropped a bomb on his classmates.
For nearly a year, he had been posting pictures of his fellow students to a secret Instagram account under the username @thebenevolentone3.
But he wasn’t malicious. Each photo featured a thoughtful message commending the student and highlighting his or her positive contribution to the community.
Amazingly, the 18-year-old was able to keep his identity hidden for 43 weeks, during which time he posted more than 650 photos and messages to the account.
His heartfelt comments are truly unforgettable.
Jory Williams WOW! Another spectacular amazing smart young man! Mr. Williams has always been one of the smartest of the bunch and has never ceased to amaze teachers and his peers of anything less. You are such a bright student, but also a fun guy to be around because you enjoy your time wherever you’re at! IT is exciting to watch a wonderful student like you fighting for your success and now with one year away we will see you achieve your last year of things at the high school level. Good luck and look forward to the future!
“I wanted to focus on the better aspects of people,” Konner told ABC News. “To shed a positive light on each individual, make them feel appreciated, and to know that someone cares.” Some messages are playful, some are encouraging, but all are incredibly touching.
Dawson weld You best be ready for that last football season Coming UP! You are one of the senior leaders now and I bet that you help lead this team to some great victories over the course of the fall. Train them all in the strength and unity of UBUNTU which you have applied over this past year. You are one great person leading people who aspire for that same greatness, so lead them there. You’re going have an amazing senior year, make EV proud! Good luck! A photo posted by Its About You. You’re Next.☯ (@thebenevolentone3) on
Sarah Ulmer You have a WONDROUS personality, literally your personality is on fire right now because you are so stinking AWESOME! Isn’t it great to see everything sort of falling into place? It is your senior year, you’re about to embark on one last trip through those high school hallways and classes and I have absolutely no doubt in my mind you will be amazing and starstruck at how well you do because when you believe in yourself and others believe in you…that is when the miracles happen. Good luck in volleyball and track! HAVE A BLAST!
There’s a tad bit more than you thought there was, I apologize. There is one quote in particular from Maya Angelou that reads “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I find this such an inspiring quote because over the past year I saw a change occur in our high school, a positive one, it seemed as though we were more united than we had been in the past. During the summer, I made the decision to go in and try to make everyone here feel appreciated and recognized for simply being the amazing people they are. It is easy for people to be cruel over social media, so I decided to make an anonymous account on Instagram that would counteract the negativity seen today by posting a picture of each student and a paragraph of what makes them GREAT and how other people should see that too. So after 657 posts, over 11 months, and finishing each person in the Class of 2014, Class of 2016, and of course our Class of 2015, I would like to prove Jose Gutierrez right and admit that I am “thebenevolentone3” Benevolence being defined as “characterized or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings.” In the end, I realized that we are ALL the benevolent ones in our way and actions of how we treat others, it has been a wonderful year. I’ll miss East Valley. And although I part without finishing all of the class of 2017, I wish that the next generations take over and find bolder ways to express positivity and encouragement in the East Valley Community. Keep on keeping on.
See more of Konner’s handiwork on Instagram and be inspired to pass it on!