Want to be a Wolf? 25 out-of-district students may be accepted next year

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer At the April 29 Board of Education meeting, a proposal was put forth to expand open enrollment for Young Fives and kindergarten students, starting with the 2019-20 school year. Under the proposal, presented by Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services John Lucido, the district would accept applications in a […]

Scholars honored for work in, out of school

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE Clarkston News Staff Writer Superintendent Shawn Ryan didn’t look at a single transcript before sitting down to this year’s Top Scholar breakfast. “I don’t know you by your grades,” said Ryan, honoring the top 28 Clarkston Community Schools graduating seniors, April 30. “Where I see you is on the stage, on […]

Hairspray leads Neideck, McConnell reunite for Ovation

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE Clarkston News Staff Writer Maryn McConnell and Ben Neideck will step into their “Hairspray” roles again as they represent Clarkston High School at the Sutton Foster Ovation Awards, May 11-12. “I was so excited,” said McConnell, a junior who played Tracy Turnblad in “Hairspray.” “I didn’t think I would be selected […]

BPA students win in Grand Rapids, off to Anaheim

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer It’s all business for eight Clarkston High School students. Literally. Back on March 15-17, Richard Budny, Nathan Dimmer, Cameron Hempton, Logan Malone, Thomas McCarty, David Moss, Laura Norrito, and Nathan Sesti competed in the Business Professionals of America 2019 State Leadership Competition in Grand Rapids. Four students (Budny, […]

Student organizes charity walk

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Springfield Plains fourth-grade student Kilee Mahan is passionate about helping animals and has organized her own charity walk to raise money for two charities – the Do Only Good Animal Rescue and the Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation. The charity walk will take place June 1 at Bay […]

National award for renovated field

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community Schools recently received a 2018 Distinguished Facility Award from the American Sports Builders Association. The honor was for the renovation of the multi-purpose synthetic turf field at Clarkston High School. The turf field was replaced in the spring of 2017 with a brand-new turf system and […]

Phones’ allure hard for schools to break

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Since cell phones have become a way of life for much of the population, this has trickled down to schools. Clarkston Community Schools does not have a district-wide on student cell phone usage, but each school distributes and discusses a school specific code of conduct to each student […]

Color Run to help grant wish for local girl

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Junior High School Leadership is hosting a Color Run for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, May 18, at the Clarkston High School trail. This year, CJHS Leadership will be granting the wish of Addyson, a local fifth-grade student with Down Syndrome who loves princesses, Barbies, dogs, and cats. The […]

Vaara humbled by family’s love, support

Fourth and final feature in a series on a pillar of the community, Mel Vaara, as he remembers more than a half century of Clarkston history, and looks to the future. BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer There’s an old saying that goes, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” Mel Vaara has […]

‘Ahead of the curve’ with open enrollment

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education recently approved the district’s plan to expand open-enrollment specialty academic programs for the 2019-20 school year. And while the district has offered select open-enrollment specialty academic programs for several years – meaning out-of-district students can apply to attend CCS – new […]