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‘Do not sit and watch life pass you by’

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Middlesex High School graduates jubilantly toss their hats in the air at the end of Saturday’s commencement exercises in the John S. Clements Memorial Gym at MHS. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

During Saturday’s 65th commencement exercises at Middlesex High School (MHS), featured speaker Ryan Blake told the 69 graduates to find encouraging friends, look for opportunities, and “find a way to achieve your goal.”

Blake is a 2004 graduate of MHS, and his perspective on life came in part from growing up with an interest in computers and the stigma of being a “dweeb,” as he called it.

Now, 10 years later, Blake is the head of the Information Technology Department of the Bank of Lancaster. And he had some sobering words. “Some of the things that seemed so important in high school and seemed to matter so much, really do not amount to a hill of beans as an adult,” he said. “Be aware of this as you make decisions moving forward.”

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posted 06.18.2014

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