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Mayer addresses 26 Ontonagon graduates


Jan Tucker/Daily Globe

Ontonagon graduates, led by valedictorian Kaitlyn Ray and salutatorian Colton Heikkinen, prepare to lead the class into Ontonagon Area Friday night graduation ceremonies.

ONTONAGON - Eighteen years ago, Ben Mayer sat where the 26 Ontonagon Area 2017 graduates sat Friday night in the Ontonagon gym.

Mayer, who teaches band, history and coaches the Gladiator football team, was selected by the class to be the commencement speaker. He told seniors they could end up anywhere, but his path was "to come back here. Eighteen years after my graduation, you could say I've made it approximately 30 feet."

He added even though the road of his life has not taken him far, "I'd like to think I'm getting a little better at avoiding some of the metaphorical potholes on my...

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