I am reblogging this article out of respect, admiration, and pride in this young man. If only more of our young generation had the convictions and courage of this graduate, our world would be a much more different place.
By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
(CNN) — Leading up to Saturday’s ceremony, Roy Costner IV prayed on what he was going to do. Liberty High School’s 2013 valedictorian would soon find himself in front of a microphone. He’d have a pulpit from which he could address his small community tucked away in South Carolina’s mountainous corner.
Only his father and pastor knew what was weighing on his heart and mind. Could he, should he, insert a prayer in his pre-approved graduation speech? He’d been told by the school principal that talk of religion wasn’t allowed, and so far he’d followed the rules.
But as the day approached, the 18-year-old couldn’t deny what he felt he needed to do.
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