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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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Exchange student Yui Oda talks to students at Springfield Plains Elementary about life in Japan. Photo by Andrea Beaudoin (click for larger version)

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Lots to learn with Japanese exchange students

It's better here than in New York City, according to several members of a group of 16 students from Japan during a week-long visit to Clarkston. The students spent a week in the area after touring the Big Apple, seeing the Statue of Liberty, attending a musical, and speaking to students in New York schools....more >>
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Clarkston High School essayists shared inspiring stories with Clarkston Optimists. Photo by Andrea Beaudoin (click for larger version)

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Optimism wins awards for students

When you face the world with optimism, nothing can keep you down. Especially for three Clarkston students who were recognized by Clarkston Optimist Club for their winning essays submitted on "Optimism Should be a Priority," in their Optimist International Essay Contest....more >>
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Woman's Life continues legacy of good deeds

A Clarkston group is out to change the world one good deed at a time. Women's Life, a group formed in Clarkston, is a group of do-good gals. They are friends. They get together, socialize and have fun while deciding who to help next....more >>
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The balloon has lots of room inside for the students. Photo provided (click for larger version)

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Balloon visit at North Sashabaw

North Sashabaw Elementary students learned about the science of hot air balloons when Shawn Raya, RE/MAX corporate pilot, stopped by for a visit, March 12. RE/MAX agent Randy Miller sponsored the program in which students got to sit inside the balloon, feel the heat of its propane gas tanks, and help wrap it all up....more >>
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Pochmara, with foil, face mask, and other gear. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Fencer finds success

For Jacob Traschenko Pochmara of Clarkston, a visit to the Michigan Renaissance Fair was an inspiration. "I saw the knights and I thought, 'I want to do that,'" said Pochmara, 14. The Clarkston Junior High School student stuck with it, and has been studying fencing for the past eight years....more >>

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Serving troops

Volunteers spent a chilly Saturday morning, Feb. 21, packing donations for troops serving overseas. Clarkston Optimist Club members, veterans, and students met at Clarkston High School to pack dozens of Buddy Boxes, small packages filled with candy, letters, personal care products, and other items, for the Desert Angel nonprofit group....more >>
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Rachael Bittick organizes the project. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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First year success for Clarkston Knights

Knights of Columbus Council 15967 is celebrating a successful first year in Clarkston. Based at St. Daniel Catholic Community, the council used to be part of Council 5436, which served St....more >>
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