- Jan 24, 2004
A school district under pressure to keep prayer out of meetings and gatherings got an unexpected delivery from one high school valedictorian. Saturday, at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum, Liberty High Valedictorian Roy Costner IV took his speech to the podium, and in front of the crowd, tore it up. John Eby, Pickens County School District spokesman, said, "They write their speeches. They send them to someone on staff to have them approved." But Costner clearly had something else in mind. After speaking for a few minutes, he thanked his parents for leading him to the Lord at a young age, and then he said, "I think most of you will understand when I say, 'Our Father, who art in heaven..." as he began to recite the Lord's Prayer.