Sam Adams, a beloved Clarkston High School teacher, encouraged the 2018 graduating seniors to write their own book of life. He said, "find out what you value and what brings you joy and make that the theme of your book."
If I had a book of life, my grandson, Jake, would currently be the focus of my joy. Look at these great smiles from an awesome young man.
Jake filled his book with lots of stories of football and soccer. After his team won a match with Cheney I overheard him tell his parents, "I'm sooooo happy." He has dreams of playing soccer for a community college, so those games may continue to bring him lots of joy.
We...Karen, John, Bradleigh, and Austen, waited patiently for the ceremony to begin. I noticed the program listed the names of all the graduates with these funky symbols behind their names. Jake wore colored cords that indicated he was an honor student, a DECA student, and completed over 200 hours of community service.
Jake completed over 200 hours of community service by volunteering at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, spending a lot of time with Shannon Stajowski, another volunteer who absolutely loved working with Jake and teasing him a time or two. She sat through the long ceremony just so she could give him a big hug and offer congratulations!
I took lots of pictures of Jake hugging people - this sweet one of Grandma Delores. I can tell that Jake values all those hugs and doesn't mind posing for the pictures, either.
More hugging pictures with Makinzie Packwood and Isabel
Jake's favorite quote from John Wayne:
LIFE IS TOUGH...IT'S EVEN TOUGHER IF YOU ARE STUPID!