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 • 6 213

  • 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.)

    • Elaine cabo
      Elaine cabo  4 weeks back

      @Edward Ganal It must cannot repay GOD's happiness

    • Edward Ganal
      Edward Ganal  1 months back

      so much realization after listening to his speech
      thank you for sharing
      God bless

    • Elaine cabo
      Elaine cabo  1 months back

      Sure for the rest of my life.Even in Heaven i continue glorifying,praising HIM because HE created us for HIS kingdom.

  • TheAbsorbant
    TheAbsorbant  1 hours back

    It started so well and crash landed with Jesus.

    • Rizmacadillac
      Rizmacadillac  4 hours back

      Remember, to some extent this is an elite school and education where you might actually learn something from the experiences of your peers. Personally, I think many of us were wise to hit the books, establish high but realistic career, income and professional goals and avoid a lot of the students who spend their time doing.... well, other things. I've never been upset with any of my High School friends because many of them had uncertain goals but were motivated and concerned about education and life. Our High School valedictorian I am certain would have given an outstanding speech and perhaps even been a great inspiration to many of us. I've never asked her why she refused to speak at our graduation.

      • Ben Matthews
        Ben Matthews  5 hours back

        Such a smart kid yet he’s foolish enough to sully his intelligence with religion

        • Hope Ugwuoke
          Hope Ugwuoke  7 hours back

          His eyes as "we are about to enter into life"

          • Brianna Gymnastics
            Brianna Gymnastics  8 hours back

            I mean........ that’s tough •_•

            • mo
              mo  9 hours back

              He had my attention till he mentioned Jesus... Jesus Christ

              • crystaltownaz
                crystaltownaz  12 hours back

                Well said! Even Oprah will take notes from this kid. I won't be surprised to see him become a leader in our government someday.

                • I.M.R
                  I.M.R  13 hours back

                  He reminds me of a younger Jude Law in the Young Pope, both his facial features and body language.

                  • Denise Conner
                    Denise Conner  2 days back

                    he is going places

                    • Maram Am
                      Maram Am  2 days back

                      now this is a husbend material !!

                      • Young Plum
                        Young Plum  2 days back

                        This is beautiful ♥️ wow

                        • Alecia Wood
                          Alecia Wood  2 days back

                          i say u can balance both a healthy life and your education

                          • C Wegner
                            C Wegner  2 days back

                            Important message.

                            • T H E K I T P L U G
                              T H E K I T P L U G  3 days back

                              No standing ovation...? Tough crowd.

                              • 죽은 Romeo
                                죽은 Romeo  3 days back

                                Wow hes not even asian

                                • LaTanya Jones
                                  LaTanya Jones  4 days back

                                  I teach high school, and I would love to have more students like him! I pray all the best for these students.

                                  • Mama Judy
                                    Mama Judy  5 days back

                                    wow..such an eye opener

                                    • Gabriel Schlicht
                                      Gabriel Schlicht  5 days back

                                      Mans high key smart

                                      • Maria May
                                        Maria May  6 days back

                                        This young man gives me hope for our future! Here's to cleaning up the baby boomers mess!

                                        • Desire La Belle
                                          Desire La Belle  6 days back

                                          Daaamn Kyle is hot in many ways.. he is a crush I couldn't confess to...

                                          • xNicoleWasHere
                                            xNicoleWasHere  6 days back

                                            What if no one wants to be your friend?

                                            • Jaxson FRANCOIS
                                              Jaxson FRANCOIS  7 days back


                                              • ItsMitsuki
                                                ItsMitsuki  1 weeks back

                                                "A Lesson learned should be a lesson share"

                                                • Wolfpak\/\/ave
                                                  Wolfpak\/\/ave  1 weeks back

                                                  Man I love this guy, no homo

                                                  • Wolfy does games
                                                    Wolfy does games  1 weeks back

                                                    This is so great, i wish he wouldnt mention a name for someone's God but otherwise, it was an exstreamly good speech. Good job.

                                                    • Ty B
                                                      Ty B  1 weeks back

                                                      I over here failing in all classes in middle

                                                      • Chelluh Plaza
                                                        Chelluh Plaza  1 weeks back

                                                        It's like he is preaching.

                                                        • Grace Christian School Wildomar

                                                          This is amazing to see in a graduate

                                                        • Yvee Pagatpatan
                                                          Yvee Pagatpatan  1 weeks back

                                                          It is Jesus who have been filling my heart since 2016 and yes it brings satisfaction and fulfillment. In loving having a relationship with Jesus. ♥️

                                                          • Zen Legacy
                                                            Zen Legacy  1 weeks back


                                                            • Dolfo13
                                                              Dolfo13  1 weeks back

                                                              It's so beautiful (and rare!) to hear such a young man mention Jesus in such a manner! I truly wish for him to keep his faith and to be a happy person!

                                                              • Daniel Roberto
                                                                Daniel Roberto  1 weeks back

                                                                I hope that you achieve whatever your sense of greatness is. I wish that I had had your wisdom at your age

                                                                • Beautiful and Motivated

                                                                  Wonderful speech!

                                                                  • Em Boss
                                                                    Em Boss  1 weeks back

                                                                    May God bless you Kyle!

                                                                    • Angelica Chavez
                                                                      Angelica Chavez  2 weeks back

                                                                      He talked about the most important relationship, that's between "Us and GOD"

                                                                      • Gurmen Badyal
                                                                        Gurmen Badyal  2 weeks back

                                                                        I love you and your words, dear.

                                                                        • dreamwake7
                                                                          dreamwake7  2 weeks back

                                                                          What an inspirational speech, and well spoken from the heart.

                                                                          • mariavjt thari
                                                                            mariavjt thari  2 weeks back

                                                                            Big Amen 😇❤️

                                                                            • EpicEpidemic
                                                                              EpicEpidemic  2 weeks back

                                                                              Anyone else thinking Kyle for POTUS in 2040?

                                                                              • Michelle Caramay
                                                                                Michelle Caramay  2 weeks back

                                                                                Thanks for posting this. Really need to hear it. 💙

                                                                                • Tea P.
                                                                                  Tea P.  2 weeks back

                                                                                  While it may be very important to graduate high school and college, it is much more important to graduate to Heaven and make sure we know Jesus Christ for ourselves and not through flawed doctrines of men, but through reading his word and spending time praying to God daily, for ourselves. Jesus loves us all and does not want us to die in our sins and desires for us to follow peace with all men and holiness: for without which no man shall see the Lord. He does not want us to fail at life by not receiving him as our Lord and Savior and go to Hell because it is a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. God bless!

                                                                                  • HiddenTalent
                                                                                    HiddenTalent  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Sorry, I thought when he said "I've been here at TKA for fourteen years" that he was a super senior for a second. But then, of course, common sense hit me and then I realized that it was a K-12 private school XDDD.

                                                                                    Alright, alright, just continue scrolling people. Have an awesome week and God bless you (yes, I said it).

                                                                                    • TheChosenThree
                                                                                      TheChosenThree  2 weeks back

                                                                                      This man have the hand gestures of a politician.

                                                                                      • Tony Bejison
                                                                                        Tony Bejison  2 weeks back

                                                                                        A lesson learned should be a lesson shared.

                                                                                        • Keana Lauren Abuan
                                                                                          Keana Lauren Abuan  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Never have regrets in 16th second.

                                                                                          • dat one asian boi
                                                                                            dat one asian boi  2 weeks back

                                                                                            He has been there for fourteen years

                                                                                            • Leighton Cagalingan
                                                                                              Leighton Cagalingan  2 weeks back

                                                                                              "A lesson learned should be a lesson shared" congrats dude, youre now a quote 👏