Of all the speeches during the Ripon High School graduation, science teacher Don Bogdanske perhaps said it best:
“Follow your path, but choose wisely. Let failure help you become successful. Realize that it is temporary and that you control the outcome, and never, ever give up.”
Bogdanske went on to reference the challenges facing those who attempted flight.
“Think of the Wright Brothers and what would have happened if they stopped trying to fly after their first failure,” he said, “or how many rockets failed in the 1960s before NASA finally got one into space?”
Bogdanske was the teacher selected to address Ripon High School’s 100-plus graduates at the commencement ceremony last week Saturday morning in the high school gym.
“Become a contributing member of society, and you will be successful,” he said. “As a person, you should be unselfish, caring and non-judgemental. This makes you a contributing member of society. Again, that path is there, so choose wisely.”
He also spoke on the topic of wealth, noting it’s not just about dollars and cents, but also about faith, family and friends.
“Money will get you to all types of places, but the other wealth is what is vital to you being human,” Bogdanske said. “Which path will you choose?”
Read the full story in the May 31, 2012 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.