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Clarkston Optimists President Joan Patterson, Pine Knob Elementary Principal Jodi Yeloushan, student of the month Natalie Luba, and her teacher, Kelly Mertz. (click for larger version)
January 16, 2013 - Clarkston Optimists Club presented student-of-the-month honors to Pine Knob Elementary fifth grader Natalie Luba, Jan. 9.

"Natalie certainly embodies all the characteristics of the Optimists," said Principal Jodi Yeloushan. "I never see her without a smile she always look at the positive."

"She excels in and out of the classroom," said her teacher, Kelly Mertz. "She's a role model for other children. She looks out for others, and takes care of others who need help."

The fifth-grader was joined by her parents, Andrea and Brian Luba, her sister Emily, grandparents Dan and Mary Ann Stahl, and her aunt Chris Genoa.

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"This is the best compliment a parent can receive," Andrea said. "We're extremely proud of her."

"I just want to be a good person," said Natalie, something she learned from her mom and dad. "I was kind of surprised (to receive the award) I really like it."

Phil Custodio

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