By Nathan Vine
When Valerie Landowski graduated in 2009 from Stevens Point Area Senior High, she set her sights on achieving everything she could in her own back yard at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Her next steps, though, will take her far beyond that back yard and perhaps to the far reaches of the globe.
Landowski, 22, of Plover is among nearly 1,400 graduates taking part today in commencement ceremonies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She will serve as the student speaker at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for students graduating from the colleges of Letters and Science and Natural Resources.