Clark Kellogg shook his head and put his hand over his face.

Clark Kellogg shook his head and put his hand over his face.

"Stop the tape!" he demanded.

But the seniors at St. Francis DeSales High School, gathered last week for the traditional Senior Spirit Day before the start of classes, let the images continue rolling. Kellogg was the keynote speaker for the day.

"Even when I realized I wasn't going to be Clark Kellogg, I still loved the game," President Barack Obama told the commentator as the two played a game of Horse prior to the 2010 NCAA Final Four.

Kellogg, a resident of Westerville, is a former Ohio State University basketball standout who has been a game and studio analyst for more than 20 years. His three children all attended St. Francis DeSales.

Principal Dan Garrick said he started the gatherings three years ago "to get off to a great start for the seniors."

Luke Happler, a member of the Stallions basketball team, introduced Kellogg, telling the others how the Cleveland native was the 1982 Big Ten Most Valuable Player who would go on several years later to join the OSU board of trustees.

Kellogg, 55, mentioned basketball not at all during his remarks to the young men and women.

Instead, he talked about lessons he has learned over the years about leadership, as an athlete, a father, a husband and a communicator.

"We all have spheres of influence based on God-given abilities, based on birth order, based on pecking order," Kellogg said. "How you leverage your influence will determine what kind of leader you are."

The former eighth pick in the National Basketball Association draft by the Indiana Pacers focused his comments on the "E's of Leadership."

These are: encouraging, enthusiasm, expectations and example.

Encouraging others, Kellogg said, is easy when things are going well, but a leader will provide encouragement when the going gets tough.

Being "passionate about the right things" is the enthusiasm aspect of leadership, the keynote speaker said.

Expectations deal with holding others accountable, Kellogg added. It means getting them to "reach their higher good."

Leadership by example, according to Kellogg, can be boiled down to one simple sentence: "Don't unsay with your life what you say with your mouth."

"Clearly, some outstanding words of wisdom that I hope you take with you," Garrick told the seniors.

Prior to making his appearance before the DeSales students, Kellogg said he is eager for opportunities to speak to young people, but especially looked forward to addressing students at the school where his children all received a good preparation for their lives.

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