Ponderosa grads mark 'a great four years'

Posted 5/24/18

Stories of inspiration, dedication, camaraderie and puppies were the subjects of commencement ceremony speeches at the Ponderosa High School graduation May 23 at EchoPark Stadium. Ross Panning, …

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Ponderosa grads mark 'a great four years'

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Stories of inspiration, dedication, camaraderie and puppies were the subjects of commencement ceremony speeches at the Ponderosa High School graduation May 23 at EchoPark Stadium.

Ross Panning, salutatorian of the class, reminded students to enjoy each moment and not be in such a hurry that they miss the little things.

“Our lives are finite, everything around us is,” said Panning. “It's not just about the GPA or the SAT, it's about us having happy, meaningful lives. It's been a great four years of trials and tribulations, and now we move on. Thank you.”

Teacher Mike Lynch concluded the ceremony by moving the crowd to tears with a story and a photo of his beloved Labrador retriever, who passed away, and his new puppy. Lynch told of how the backyard had become a comfort zone for the elder dog, but was a place of endless curiosity and opportunity for the new puppy. He encouraged students to challenge themselves in their new lives.

“A comfort zone is a wonderful thing,” said Lynch. “But nothing ever grows there.”

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