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Clarkston Community Schools teachers gather at Pine Knob Elementary to learn the Leader in Me program. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Teachers stay in school to learn Leader

School remains in session for several Clarkston Community Schools teachers, as they learn the new Leader in Me program. Part of the district's Whole Child Initiative and the school board's Strategic Plan, the program will be used in six of Clarkston's seven elementary schools....more >>
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Young thespians shine at Ovation Awards

Alyssa Harbaugh and Luke Hodgson represented Clarkston High School at the 4th Annual Ovation Awards at Wharton Center, May 17. "It was a cool thing to be chosen," said Harbaugh. "It was an honor to go," Hodgson added....more >>
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From left are Out of the Blue members Thomas Lowe, Evan Scott, Mark Stout, Jake Vanderheyden, and Dylan Gray. Photo by Julie Goldberg (click for larger version)

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Keeping the music alive this summer

BY JULIE GOLDBERG Special to the Clarkston News School's out for five Clarkston High School students and grads, just the right time for their own jazz ensemble. "We wanted to have fun playing jazz music outside of jazz band," said Jake Vanderheyden, who will be attending Grand Valley State University in the fall, focusing on management and finance....more >>

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Hand-made works of art for O.A.T.S.

The ninth grade Design Class at Clarkston Junior High School wanted to make a lasting impression with their Academic Service Learning project this year. Creating a high-fire clay mural for O....more >>
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Matthew Dargay and Angela Sedano created a new charity, Clarkston Feeds The Homeless. Photo by Lauren Barnhardt (click for larger version)

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Teens team up to feed the homeless

BY LAUREN BARNHARDT Special to the Clarkston News Big ideas can start small, and this was no different for Clarkston High School seniors Matthew Dargay and Angela Sedano, and three fellow students when creating a new charity, Clarkston Feeds The Homeless....more >>
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Residents gather at Fountains for a Day of Prayer. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Day for prayers

Faithful of all denomimations gathered for the Clarkston Area National Day of Prayer, May 7, at Fountains Golf and Banquet Center. Sponsored by Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, local leaders and representatives offered prayers for the community....more >>
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Clarkston singers celebrate a successful convention. Photo provided (click for larger version)

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A cappella groups earn accolades at convention

Clarkston High School's pop a cappella groups Detroit Voice and Synergy performed at the Inaugural National A Cappella Convention hosted by the A Cappella Educators Association in Memphis, Tenn....more >>
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The Everest Academy's Challenge Girls Club stops by The Clarkston News' office with inspirational messages. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Club spreads smiles downtown

A group of sixth grade girls from Everest Academy set out to make the world a happier place during a "Smile Mission." The girls meet after school for Challenge Girls Club, a faith-based club which meets weekly to brainstorm different ways to help the world and make it a better place....more >>
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"Leading Ladies" cast, with Mitchell Biggs, Zach Flewelling, Alyssa Harbaugh, Austin Hauptstueck, Em Lohmeier, Emily Moreno, Nicholas Strubbe, and Jacob Wright. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)

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'Ladies' on stage in high-school comedy

Hilarity ensues as the Clarkston High School Drama Club takes the stage in Ken Ludwig's "Leading Ladies" on May 1 and 2. Austin Hauptstueck, as Leo Clark, and Mitchell Biggs, as Jack Gable, are actors trying to make ends meet and then discover a millionaire is dying and wants to give two million dollars of her estate to her sister's children, Max and Steve....more >>
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5th graders honored as Outstanding Student Citizens

Fifth graders Morgan Lotts and Gwen Zabel were honored as Outstanding Student Citizens for their schools. "Gwen truly embodies the Optimist Creed, with a positive attitude, and love for learning and life," said Chris Turner, principal at her school, Independence Elementary....more >>
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