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A circumstance for pomp

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Channel 9 News mountain bureau reporter Matt Renoux gives this year's commencement address. He told the soon-to-be graduates that they can stand on the edge of a river and watch opportunities rush by or dive in and swim with the flow and see what opportunities they find in the rapids and eddies of life.

FARMER’S KORNER – Rebecca Johnson, a Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy assigned to duty as a school resource officer, arrived at the high school’s graduation ceremony Saturday fully prepared. She stood in her dress uniform, her shiny badge perched on the left breast of her pressed shirt. At her hip, her sidearm rested in its holster. And in her pocket, she tucked the tissues she hoped she wouldn’t (but knew she would) need.

One hundred and thirty-two seniors collected their Summit High School diplomas Saturday, to the cheers (foghorns and other noisemakers) of jubilant parents, family and school faculty. For Johnson, who works with students as a mentor and motivator, a chaperone and service project organizer, it was a joy to see all the seniors graduate. But one in particular was cause for the tissues.

This student, she said, was in danger of not graduating. But he had worked hard with her encouragement and got his grades up. Saturday afternoon, Johnson took the stage to hand his diploma to him.

“It’s just exciting,” Johnson said. “It’s exciting to see all of them and wonder what they’re going to do next.”

The message of the day, courtesy of keynote speaker 9 News mountain reporter Matt Renoux, was that opportunities present themselves to overachievers and underachievers alike. Success, Renoux explained, comes to those willing to make a plunge.

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