"It's always been a goal of mine to eventually come back home and open up a shop in my own neighborhood", Johnson, who has operated his shop for six years, says in the two minute and 20 second video. "My card says "Back to my Roots".
"I talk to a lot of kids, and one thing I always tell them is if I could do it all over again, I would," Johnson says. "I just had that much fun in school. The teachers, my peers - I can't think of anything negative to say about high school, I loved it."
The concept of the alumni testimonial series was first suggested by Ramona Malone, Chairwoman of the Newport Board of Education. She also suggested Johnson as the first Newport graduate to be featured. "As soon as I heard about it I loved it," Kelly Middleton said. "No one can tell the great story of the Newport schools like the people who went here. Each month we are going to feature an array of people from all walks of life - men, women, young, old, professional, blue collar and more - who will tell in their own words how the Newport schools helped form who they are as successful and contributing members of the community."
The Aaron Johnson video can be viewed on the school district's website www.newportwildcats.org or by clicking here:
The video was produced by Connor Wall of Strategic Advisers LLC, which provides communications consulting and services to the Newport Independent Schools.