School Board President Theresa Brakke said Mathis has demonstrated great organizational skills and has been well liked and highly respected by staff members while serving as activities director and assistant principal at CLHS.
...The messages were echoed in comments made to the class by School Board President Theresa Brakke.
"It may sound strange, but my advice to you is to leave Clear Lake
," said Brakke
."But then come back."She
advised the class to gain life experiences outside of the community and gain tolerance and understanding for differences.The experiences the graduates bring back to the community will make Clear Lake
even stronger, she
said her husband, Jeff, a CLHS graduate, along with a business associate, were strong advocates of the school district when her family was deciding where to raise their children.
...Brakke also pointed out that fellow School Board members Ed Schick and Mark Tesar are also CLHS graduates who have returned to their hometown after venturing away in their early adulthood.
...Brakke also acknowledged and introduced Assistant Principal Jay Mathis to the commencement audience.