Ticket-writing staffer lovingly sends Fruita’s 362 grads out the door

Fruita Monument High School senior class staff member of the year Ron Ammerman gets a good laugh from Principal Todd McClaskey, seated, after Ammerman asked the class for a show of hands from everyone who ever got a parking ticket from him. Most of the class, and some of the teachers, raised their hands. Fruita Monument’s commencement took place Tuesday at Stocker Stadium.

Fruita Monument High School Principal Todd McClaskey wanted graduating seniors to remember a simple equation. The advice from the book, “Above the Line,” by college football coach Urban Meyer is simple: E + R = O.

In other words, Event + Response = Outcome, McClaskey said.

“Seniors, we have very little control over the events that happen throughout our lives,” he said Tuesday night while addressing the graduating class of 2017 at Stocker Stadium. “You choose how you respond to events.”

Blue and white graduation gowns and striped beach balls dominated the football field, which contained all 362 graduates.

Classmates chose Ron Ammerman as their pick for senior class staff member of the year.

Ammerman, the high school’s campus liaison, was beloved by students for “writing tickets that don’t make sense or were completely unjustified,” laughed Morgan Bond, the senior class vice president.

“Honestly, he was the superhero of Fruita Monument High School,” she said.

Ammerman explained that he put “miles on his running shoes” seeking students off campus and always had the same mantra, “Get to class.”

He noted that two students had a competition over who could receive more parking tickets from him.

“They tried to hide their cars from me, but I found them,” he said. Ammerman joked that those students could get their last tickets alongside their diplomas.

For all the trouble seniors put him through, Ammerman said he loved them all and he was inspired watching students support one another.

His advice to students was simple. Ammerman suggested students use their common sense.

“You know the difference between right and wrong,” he said. “Go out and use your heads.”


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