06/15/2015 11:38 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Valedictorian Anonymously Posted Kind Words About Classmates On Instagram For Nearly A Year

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.

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."

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.

A photo posted by Its About You. You're Next.☯ (@thebenevolentone3) on

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