This young student has made his classmates feel truly #blessed.
A high school valedictorian recently revealed that he was the identity behind an anonymous Instagram account that shared kind thoughts about his fellow students, ABC News reported. In a graduation speech on June 6, Konner Sauve told his classmates he had been posting to the secret account for nearly an entire year.
“I wanted to focus on the better aspects of people,” the teen told the news outlet. “To shed a positive light on each individual, make them feel appreciated, and to know that someone cares."
Posting under the username @thebenevolentone3, Sauve shared over 650 photos of students at East Valley High School in Yakima, Washington. The images featured members of the classes of 2014 to 2017, each captioned with a sweet thought or message highlighting students’ positive attributes.
"Sometimes you don't see the quieter kids at school get the recognition,” Lisa Rossow, the mother of an East Valley student, told KIMA. “And I think sometimes they don't know somebody is noticing them."
The messages are bright and encouraging -- some cheer on school athletes, others commend students for their hard work and leadership. While many of the posts are lighthearted (one playfully compares a female student to a Disney princess) some are especially heartfelt.
Shadow Warrior Okay, hands down. You have the COOLEST name out our school. It is very powerful and courageous, you hold such a high authority it seems with such a name as Shadow Warrior! I would like to acknowledge your consistency in remaining the young man you are and are becoming. As times change it is hard not to totally switch what we believe in and turn into someone we don’t recognize, but you have remained perfectly balanced in this change throughout high school. It is a blessing you have been a part of our school these years, good luck and the BEST of wishes to you in your future!
Some students suspected Sauve of being the mastermind behind @thebenevolentone3, KIMA reported, but the 18-year-old kept his identity hidden for the 43 weeks he posted to the account. Though the mystery is over, the positive impact of Sauve’s secret project has been felt among the entire student body.
“There's some accounts that bully others,” Kahan said to ABC News. “But now we are really united and that's all because of Konner."
Kailie Larson You are full of SASS and ATTITUDE. That kind of personality can NOT be TAMED! Of course you’ll be around for ages showing people your wonderful ways and never failing to make others laugh in your presence. Kailie, I hope you see the impact you’ve made on certain people’s lives because you care for others and that is one of the most selfless acts, you’ve been a blessing to those around you. Never change that sass and striking personality, we need more like you around this world to spruce up life.
Casey Oldham A class comedian for sure! Even if most teachers wanted to try and nail some trouble on you, you didn’t care. You kept living how you were living and working your butt off in the process. If that isn’t inspiration to everyone then I don’t know what is because You kept up the hard work over the years despite the effort others tried to make to tear you down. You’ve been through the hard road and survived, I am most positive you will keep fighting the good fight and letting your life be the most extreme it can be. Congratulations, keep it up!
Michaela Wehunt You’ve always had a dry sense of sarcasm and humor about you that perfectly fits your personality. We have had the honor of having you in our class as such a beautiful gal and you never failed to impress anyone with your quick and witty remarks. I’m beyond excited to see the incredible and wondrous plans you plan to execute throughout your life. Strive for those dreams you’ve had because I believe you can fulfill each one of them :)
Emma Spellman Cast your spells folks because this right here is Ms. Emma and one of the sweetest gals you'll ever meet!! She laughs like no other and can carry a sense of humor with her wherever she goes. She's will never back down from a challenge and strives for success as she has challenged herself to be better each day. One of the most beautiful girls at East Valley and will always pep you up when you're feeling down. Keep believing Emma and ENJOY SENIOR YEAR!!
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.