The story of Liberty High School graduate Roy Costner IV is making the rounds, today hitting the Washington Times. Roy is the Valedictorian who let his beliefs guide his actions when he made the decision to rip up his pre-approved valedictory, to thank his parents for his Christian upbringing, and to recite the Lord’s Prayer in defiance of his school district’s ban on prayer at commencements. Witness the moment for yourself here:
As the mom of a recent grad who has sat through her fair share of speeches at both Catholic and public schools, I have to say that I’m proud of Roy for using this moment to witness to his faith. I’m sure his parents, his pastor, and God are proud.
Roy’s act of witness is a reminder to me to stand up in moments of opportunity and to shine like a beacon for the faith I profess. All to often, we “grown ups” look at our teens with an eye only toward our perceptions of their shortcomings. What we forget all too often is their courage, their resolve, and their ability to disavow the politically correct in favor of the truths they hold in their hearts. How many of us would have had Roy’s courage to “do the right thing” or to sieze the opportunity before us? I can say — sadly — that the rule follower in me would have kept me from standing up for my faith.
I’d say Roy Costner IV has a bright future ahead of him!