Graduation 2017

RMDS graduates the class of 2017

Deaf school celebrates four graduates

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The Rocky Mountain Deaf School celebrated its third graduation on May 31, with four graduates - Juan Carlos Perez, Victoria Ponce de Leon, Daisy VanMeter and Melissa Zambrano Campos - preparing to start the next chapter of their lives.

"Graduation is a bit bittersweet time for us, because while we recognize your achievements, we also acknowledge that you're leaving," said the school's director, Amy Novotny. "The world is a fast-paced place, so you need to continue to learn and adapt as the world progresses."

Guest speaker Clifford Moers reminded graduates of the long journey it took to get the school built, and reminded students of the importance of making an effort in life.

"You learn so little through success, and learn so much through failure," he said. "Be at home with yourself, know who you are and what you want, and keep trying."

In her class speech, Ponce de Leon, remembered first coming to the school when she was 3-years-old, and all the ways she has grown in the ensuing 15 years.

"I loved meeting so many people, and all the opportunities I had here were extremely important to me," she said. "I don't feel unsure anymore. I'm ready to take on the world."

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