Rock Canyon High School graduation: 'Never give up on your dreams'

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Rock Canyon High School math teacher Tony Koy had a simple charge for the Class of 2019: “Do something.”

Koy, who delivered the annual charge to the class, encouraged the graduates to take advantage of the time they have now.

“Two simple words that will be the main ingredient behind just about everything you do as a success or a failure in your life,” Koy said. “What you do isn't necessarily important. It's the fact you set your mind to do something, and then you do it.”

A total of 556 Rock Canyon graduates received their diplomas May 24 at Magness Arena at the University of Denver.

Abigail McLain performed “You'll Never Walk Alone,” Joshua Nogajewski played “Return to the Heart,” and Isabel Weiss finished with “The Light That Never Fails.”

Mikayla Devin delivered an address on facing challenges of high school.

“Even when things may seem impossible, continue to lead with your head, act with your heart and find the courage to do the right thing,” Devin said. “Be kind, humble…and never give up on your dreams.”

Luke Dreyfuss gave a speech about expectations and perseverance.

“Maybe it's a little bit of both. A little sweet. A little sour. This is going to hurt. There's going to be long nights and tough moments,” Dreyfuss said. “Despite every challenge, there will be close friends, acquired skills, we get to explore new places or pursue things we're truly passionate about.”

Principal Andy Abner presented the class. He announced the class earned $11 million in scholarship funding.

“I thought back to what my principal said to me, and you know what, I couldn't remember,” Abner said. “I hope you remember these simple words from me as you move forward in life: I am proud of you and I thank you. You will always be a Jaguar, and the Jungle will always be your home.”

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