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Johnson speaks firmly on track and as valedictorian

By Marty Budner • ECCENTRIC STAFF WRITER • June 7, 2009
Travon Johnson, the first male African American valedictorian in Southfield High School’s 59-year history, spoke in front of 371 classmates, a distinguished corps of administrators and a select group of parents and friends during commencement ceremonies last Sunday at Compuware Ice Arena in Plymouth.
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However, he was more nervous the previous day as a participant in the Division 1 boys track and field state championship meet at East Kentwood High School.

A first-time state qualifier, Johnson competed in the 110-meter hurdles and placed second behind Renaldo Powell of Wayne Memorial. Powell won in 14.13, while Johnson was right behind at 14.28.

“When I heard I was going to be class valedictorian, I was really shocked because I was number two in the class,” said Johnson, who is headed to Texas A&M on an academic scholarship. “It was a great honor for me and I was really excited, and you can only imagine how excited my parents were for me. All I had to worry about was saying a speech at graduation.

“I think my speech went really well and the crowd responded very well to it,” he said. “I think I was more nervous about the state (track) meet though because I had been dreaming about that meet for four years.”

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