Brutally Honest Valedictorian Regrets Being Top of the Class

  • Published: 31 May 2019
  • On May 30th, 2019, Kyle Martin addressed The King's Academy's Class of 2019 as its valedictorian. His speech was entitled "The 16th Second." Kyle has attended The King’s Academy for 14 years and is graduating with a 4.64 GPA, earning him the top ranking in the class.

    He is a senior superlative in the areas of Bible, English, musical theatre, social studies, and vocal music. Kyle is the President of the English and Social Studies National Honor Societies, Vice President of the Spanish National Honor Society, Treasurer of the Mathematics National Honor Society, and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Science and Tri-M Music National Honor Societies. He served as Class President for five years and is a member of Key Club. Kyle has been an important contributor to the TKA Theatre Company, appearing as a lead in 21 main stage and black box productions, most recently as Jack Kelly in Newsies.

    Kyle will attend Palm Beach Atlantic University where he received the Farish Scholarship, a full four-year scholarship valued at $170,000—awarded to two incoming freshmen each year. Kyle plans to study political science and Spanish. (FAQ: Sorry, Kyle doesn't use social media, but can be contacted at

    More information about The King's Academy is available at

    Copyright, The King's Academy, Inc., 2019. All rights reserved.

Comments • 7 514

  • The King's Academy, WPB, FL

    Want to see more of Kyle? Check out TKA's Lip Dub at ! (Kyle appears at 0:16 and 7:36.)

    • Sav Da' girl
      Sav Da' girl  10 hours back

      I hate when regret kicks in. Like you deserved it and worked your butt hard for it. Don't regret its mot your fault if their jealous of your success. But remember u worked hard and deserve to be top.

    • Wira Tjakra
      Wira Tjakra  1 weeks back

      Novanev yes, and look how mature and grounded this boy is.

  • Sarah Kern
    Sarah Kern  3 minutes back

    Ok, he can dial back the religiousness at the end there, not everybody is Christian

    • Keiran W
      Keiran W  13 minutes back

      I was with him until he started going all religious on us :(

      • Hardaway BEAR
        Hardaway BEAR  21 minutes back

        Awesome message. I want to learn how to speak publicly like this.

        • Cameron Miles
          Cameron Miles  4 hours back

          If he came from a family without a lot of money, his hard work and general intelligence earned him a free bachelor's degree. It's unfortunate not just dedication and hard work that makes you number 1 in anything. I cant sit here and say number 2 or even 3 wasn't just as dedicated as this guy.

          • tyler No
            tyler No  4 hours back

            Wise beyond his years

            • Ruratae
              Ruratae  4 hours back

              And here I am, neglecting everything before my studies just so I can get a good degree

              • Gideon
                Gideon  6 hours back

                Bright kid.

                • Glover
                  Glover  8 hours back


                  • Peyton Van Eik
                    Peyton Van Eik  9 hours back

                    I’ll never have to worry about this 😂😂

                    • Joey Tobin
                      Joey Tobin  11 hours back

                      Great speech. Couldn’t agree more my friend.

                      • Puncho theKing
                        Puncho theKing  12 hours back

                        Kyle will be a president somewhere

                        • Hi Im Andicus
                          Hi Im Andicus  12 hours back

                          Why does it feel like that Kyle's are always top of the class.

                          • Chouci Vang
                            Chouci Vang  12 hours back

                            I was with you all the way until you had to bring in a specific religion. Still with ya. Just not the religion part. Yes, academic isn't everything without relationships to help carry, motivate, and inspire you. Great job!

                            • Rafaela De Bonadona
                              Rafaela De Bonadona  12 hours back

                              He speaks like troy bolton in his graduation speach from high school musical 3

                              • Egg with 1000 Subscribers

                                Whats the point of school

                                • Doktor Drift
                                  Doktor Drift  14 hours back

                                  I'm from 'straya, m8.

                                  I have zero clue what a Valedictorian is, but i'm sure it's quite distinguished and all.

                                  In contrast, if he were also Australian, he'd have spent his entire school life buying and selling "durries" and tryin' to "get his end wet"....

                                  • Josh Golyan
                                    Josh Golyan  15 hours back

                                    THIS IS THE SCHOOL THAT CHARLIE DAMELIO GOES TO

                                    • Potato
                                      Potato  13 hours back

                                      Josh Golyan lmao I was looking for this comment

                                  • E all day
                                    E all day  15 hours back

                                    Firstly, this is a very good and well presented speach. Nonetheless, it discounted many things and was pretentious to a certain extent. Although, he does not feel anything at the 16th second, the fact that he won valedictorian will help him get in almost any program he wants (free of charge) and will probably help him get a better job. I know the message is to not sacrifice all your relationships for a goal but he souldn't discredit the achievments of goals because it is also very important and satisfying on a long term level (especially when great effort is put into them).

                                    • LE GAMES
                                      LE GAMES  16 hours back

                                      Is this Martin Luther kings son good speech

                                      • Joost Mehrtens
                                        Joost Mehrtens  16 hours back

                                        I can imagine that when you study to get high grades to become the valedictorian you will only enjoy it 15 seconds. Or maybe the length of your speech.
                                        However if you study to learn and to get a solid basis for success in life and as a consequence you get the highest grades and become the valedictorian you will enjoy your efforts until you retire.

                                        • dblanco77
                                          dblanco77  16 hours back

                                          It was going good until religion got mixed into it. Still, watched it all the way.

                                          • Patrick
                                            Patrick  16 hours back

                                            Grandma, give this man $100 because everything he said is what I realized after graduating High School. I took 10 AP clases and wasted my High School social life. An at the end my school didn't accredit my AP classes. What a woop of crap. I wish this video came out when I was a Freshmen.

                                            Thank you for speaking about this to allow others to know. You are a great person.

                                            • Chase Knight
                                              Chase Knight  17 hours back

                                              had me in the first have ngl

                                              • Roberto Solorio
                                                Roberto Solorio  18 hours back


                                                • C Morris
                                                  C Morris  18 hours back

                                                  Well. I’m almost 40 and I needed to hear this. Because life hits you upside the head quick.

                                                  • MSnake007
                                                    MSnake007  19 hours back

                                                    Ok boomer

                                                    • John Drury
                                                      John Drury  19 hours back

                                                      I go to the Real tka

                                                      • jconte23
                                                        jconte23  19 hours back

                                                        I’ve been told that I’m supposed to be valedictorian at my high school. It’s one of those schools that kids go to so they can get caught up on credit, so the graduation is going to be very small, which takes some pressure off of me, but I’m not qualified to give a speech on anything. Like, what am I supposed to do up there? Lecture them with a lesson? Tell them my life story? Really, I’m just an average student out of a few that decided to finish here. I could just thank everybody and that’d be the end of it, but I don’t know.

                                                        • HyberCrashDK
                                                          HyberCrashDK  19 hours back

                                                          What the heck is a valevictorian?

                                                          • Predators NHL
                                                            Predators NHL  20 hours back

                                                            Am i the only one who doesn’t remember their valedictorian speech

                                                            • Yom / Cameron
                                                              Yom / Cameron  21 hours back

                                                              This is a great speech.

                                                              • General Grevious
                                                                General Grevious  21 hours back

                                                                This is literally Kirk cousins

                                                                • Hello There
                                                                  Hello There  22 hours back

                                                                  Im aiming for valedictorian. I dont care if its 15 seconds of happiness and an eternity of broken relationships. I have a goal and im going to fulfill it.

                                                                  • Seabass McBigFat
                                                                    Seabass McBigFat  23 hours back

                                                                    Glad I didn’t try at all and graduated early.

                                                                    • Dj Jazz
                                                                      Dj Jazz  24 hours back

                                                                      Kept it a buck

                                                                      • Dave Dave
                                                                        Dave Dave  1 days back

                                                                        Wait that’s literally Seann William Scott

                                                                        • J. Milton Jeffreys
                                                                          J. Milton Jeffreys  1 days back

                                                                          Dude is a future US Senator.

                                                                          • Cole Turner
                                                                            Cole Turner  1 days back

                                                                            BEST SPEACH EVER!!

                                                                            • Peter Vilbar
                                                                              Peter Vilbar  1 days back

                                                                              maybe he will soon become a politician or a president

                                                                              • Kina
                                                                                Kina  1 days back

                                                                                What a lovely young man! God bless!

                                                                                • Brandon Xia
                                                                                  Brandon Xia  1 days back

                                                                                  That’s why he’s the top of class. He think differently.

                                                                                  • Rory Barraud
                                                                                    Rory Barraud  1 days back

                                                                                    Moral of the story

                                                                                    Become boys wif ma man Jesus Christ

                                                                                    • Marcos Avila
                                                                                      Marcos Avila  1 days back

                                                                                      Is this guy smart & privileged and/or smart or privileged? and/Or both? Damn logic is difficult, I give up.

                                                                                      • Lethal
                                                                                        Lethal  1 days back


                                                                                        • Alaxians
                                                                                          Alaxians  1 days back

                                                                                          NOT AN ASIAN!?!???!!

                                                                                          • Krashevil
                                                                                            Krashevil  1 days back

                                                                                            girls only want mr.perfect as you can see in the comments

                                                                                            • rose mulet
                                                                                              rose mulet  1 days back

                                                                                              Today I learned: Don’t stress yourself out with school, hang out with your friends instead.

                                                                                              • Oscar wild
                                                                                                Oscar wild  8 hours back

                                                                                                Rose thank that you shared your lesson hahaha.
                                                                                                Hope you all the best in your life.