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Optimists honor student of the month

January 16, 2013

Clarkston Optimists President Joan Patterson, Pine Knob Elementary Principal Jodi Yeloushan, student of the month Natalie Luba, and her teacher, Kelly Mertz.
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.

"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