LAKE PLACID-Fifty-five graduates from Lake Placid High School June 24 were told to pursue things that they love by a man who did just that.
Andrew Lack, a Lake Placid native and current CEO of Bloomberg multimedia group, who was the first journalist to bring back video of the Russian raid on Afghanistan and later headed CBS News and Sony Music, told the students to seek after the things they love to do.
"As you lean into the next chapter of your life, think about what you love and then try to figure out a way to get paid for that," Lack said. "At Sony, I had to pinch myself that I was getting paid to listen to music. You have to have the passionate curiosity, and if you have that wanting to know and the self-confidence that comes from it, that will bring you success."
Class salutatorian Jenna McGreevy told her classmates that she felt it was a group that displayed, "maturity, compassion and strength."
"This has created a class that is worthy of all of the recognition and praise that it has received," McGreevy said. "We have all come together to become radiant as a class. These memories are some of the best that I will ever have."
Valedictorian Alec Marchuk gave a moving address to his classmates, as well as his grandfather, who suffer's from Parkinson's disease, saying that he has learned life lessons.
"I know that each person on this stage this evening already has the ability to achieve what they want in this life," Marchuk said. "Direct it toward something that you love, or at least that makes you happy. That is what has allowed my grandfather to be so compassionate, even in his suffering."