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Advice to Lake George grads: pursue integrity, compassion, kindness

Among the graduates-to-be singing  Phil Collins’ “On My Way during Lake George High School commencement ceremonies Saturday June 23, are (left to right): Hayley Humiston, Melissa Tenne, Hannah  Pliscofsky and Hope Dane.

Among the graduates-to-be singing Phil Collins’ “On My Way during Lake George High School commencement ceremonies Saturday June 23, are (left to right): Hayley Humiston, Melissa Tenne, Hannah Pliscofsky and Hope Dane. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “Although we are unsure of what’s to come, the lessons we have learned while achieving these goals will help motivate us to succeed in the future,” she said.

Laczko added a thought.

“May we return to our roots — we should never forget where we came from,” she said.

Commenting on The Future, Burden said life would be full of unexpected twists, requiring changes to plans and goal-setting.

“We are never sure what our futures hold,” he said. “We can hope, dream and wish, but the only thing that can assure our goals being achieved is our hard work and perseverance.”

Noting the graduates-to-be had been well prepared to pursue success, Superintendent of Schools Patrick Dee advised them to also be mindful of time-honored principles.

He said that the students had unfortunately grown up in an era when positions of authority were compromised by money and power, but they were well prepared to follow a path of integrity.

“While academic mastery and Independence are incredibly important to obtain your diplomas, they pale in comparison to the lifelong gifts of belonging, generosity and community,” he said. ”While many examples exist of corruption and greed in our world, there are shining testimonies of how respect, kindness, and selflessness can translate into monumental success that transcend any situation.”

Dee noted that how in a state championship track meet in Ohio, a runner carried a fallen competitor over the finish line, sacrificing her own race outcome to help a competitor meet her goal. He said such an act probably will be inspiring a thousand other acts of generosity, kindness and compassion.

Dee urged all not to seek mere status, wealth, or power, but to take a path of compassion and selflessness.

“Inspire others to greatness and help them along the way,” he said. “Expect from yourself the extraordinary, but understand the path to success will always be even greater than the accomplishment itself.”

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