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Graduates reminded to live for now

Sentiments abounded Sunday for the graduating Indian Lake Class of 2013, but the keynote commencement speaker cautioned them not to spend too much time reminiscing.


ABOVE: Jay Clark speaks Sunday to Indian Lake graduates as his father, school board vice president Rick Clark, looks on. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Senior choir members perform Sunday during graduation at Indian Lake High School. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

Jay Clark encouraged the 117 new graduates not to make so much of their high school graduation that they become paralyzed with the memories of these four years.

Mr. Clark is a 2001 graduate of Indian Lake High School and a 2005 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. A writer, Mr. Clark’s first debut novel The Edumacation of Jay Baker was released in January of 2012. He is currently at work on his second novel.

The novel is based loosely on his own high school experiences, Mr. Clark, jokingly reminding the crowd the book is available now for purchase on Amazon.

He said lots of high school graduates become either “past obsessed,” or “future oriented,” to the detriment of their happiness now. Mr. Clark reminded the graduates to enjoy the little things, even in the midst of one of the biggest day of their lives.

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