Clarkston business students earn national awards

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Three Clarkston High School students competed at the 2019 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., May 1-5. Richard Budny, Nathan Dimmer and David Moss combined to take home seven top-10 placements in competitions against over 4,000 of the nation’s best students, representing 19 states. […]

Schools leaders grant three princess wishes

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Addyson Ray has Down Syndrome and was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition in the summer of 2017, given five months to live. Now, almost two years later, the Andersonville Elementary fifth-grade student, who turned 11 on May 22, was the guest of honor at Clarkston Junior High […]

Open enrollment for Young 5’s, Kindergarten

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer On May 13, the Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s plan to create open-enrollment (schools of choice) kindergarten and Young Fives opportunities for the 2019-20 school year. “The Board of Education’s unanimous approval represents their support of our schools, community, and kids,” said Superintendent […]

Independence Elementary second at Social Studies Olympiad

A team of eight Independence Elementary students competed at the Michigan Social Studies Olympiad XXXIII and took second place in the state, falling to Anchor Bay’s Ashley Elementary at Grosse Pointe North High School on May 4. Clarkston Community Schools was well represented at the competition with five of seven elementary school teams finishing in […]

Optimist winners

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Is there a fine line between optimism and reality? Nathan Dimmer, Clarkston High School sophomore who earned first place in the Clarkston Area Optimist Club Oratorical Contest, thinks so. “There is a fine line between optimism and reality, because when we act on our optimism, we make it a […]

1, 2, 3 . . . and they’re all graduating

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE Clarkston News Staff Writer Grace, Mitch and Serra Lowney took one more trip through the halls of Everest Collegiate High School and Everest Academy as they ended their 14-year journey. “It’s been wonderful,” Mitch said reflecting on the years since the triplets began going to Everest in preschool. “This place is […]

Grads take military oaths

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer In a well-attended ceremony May 8 at Clarkston High School, eight graduating seniors were honored and recognized for signing up for military service. Will Burtnett, Army ROTC, Indiana University; Austin Hayes, Army; Alex Hunt, Air Force ROTC, University of Alabama; Rebekah Gerhardt, Marines; Corey Rodgers, National Guard; Alexis […]

Social media in schools

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Check out any conversation at a restaurant, social function or sporting event, and the topic of social media inevitably comes up. “I saw on Facebook,” “Did you see that tweet?” and “So-and-so friend requested me” are not uncommon conversation starters. Social media also has its place in Clarkston […]

School snow days forgiven

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Summer’s back on schedule for school families, with the state forgiving four more snow days. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4206, May 10, to forgive four snow days called while the state was under a state of emergency due to extreme cold temperatures this past winter. Therefore, […]

Bailey Lake hosts annual Seuss Night

Bailey Lake Elementary hosted its annual Seuss Night, April 26. The fun and well-attended event recognizes the literary works of renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss, utilizing games and activities focused on and related to Dr. Seuss. Photos by Matt Mackinder