Students honored for leadership, helpfulness

The Clarkston Area Optimist Club recognized four students who showed leadership, compassion, and helpfulness in their schools, May 16.
Owen Lamz, a fifth grader from Pine Knob Elementary, was honored for his positive attitude and friendly greeting each day. Teachers said Lamz is willing to work with all of his peers and help those that are struggling and learn from those who push his thinking to higher level.
He is part of the bus safety patrol at Pine Knob Elementary. Lanz is also a peer mentor for the kindergarteners helping them with activities in math and handwriting. Lamz was described as a leader that quietly leads by example and treats others with kind words.
Sashabaw Middle School recognized Vivian Cash for her powerful smile and cheerfulness. Principal Elizabeth Walker talked about Cash’s cheerful countenance and how she is always looking to help others.
Clarkston Junior High School Principal Adam Kern said Lydia Lienshardt does great things but she doesn’t want to be noticed.
“She has a positive smile and makes all the other students around her smile also,” said Kern. “She does her best every single day and her attitude is contagious.”
Clarkston High School Optimist Student Recognition honoree of 2018 was Katherine Laube, graduating senior. Principal Gary Kaul, said Laube is headed to John Carroll University in Ohio in the fall. During her high school years, she has taken Honors and Advanced Placement classes, and has a passion for music. She played in the band, takes piano lessons and teaches clarinet, and was drum major of the Clarkston High School Marching Band. Laube has given many hours of volunteer service to the Clarkston community and taken mission trips with St. Daniel Catholic Church youth, Kaul said.
Each year, the Clarkston Optimists recognize a student from each school in the community who makes a difference at the school.
– Joette Kunse