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Liberty valedictorian to speak at DC summit in wake of graduation prayer

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CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The valedictorian who grabbed national headlines after he defied the Pickens County School District, which banned prayer at graduation, is headed to Washington, D.C.

Roy Costner is now a freshman at Clemson University, but the young man gained national notoriety for ripping up his approved valedictorian speech at his Liberty High School graduation and reciting the Lord's Prayer.

Now, a Washington event called the Values Voter Summit has asked him to speak at their event on Oct. 11-13.

Costner said he's humbled by the opportunity.

"We're losing our rights. They're slowly being taken away," said Costner. "They're taking prayer out of schools. They're taking away the rights of students to speak freely at their graduations."

The summit will feature top conservative names like Sean Hannity and Paul Ryan, among others. The event is designed to promote faith and values along with a conservative political agenda.

"God continues to open doors, and He continues to make things available for my son to go speak, and as long as that happens, he'll keep going," Costner's father Roy said.

Costner also has a website devoted to prayer in the works and is writing a book.

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