THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Samara Van Ark is Lena Lions Student of Month
Issue Date: November 24, 2021
The Lena Lions Club honored Samara Katelyn Van Ark, daughter of Lee Van Ark and Carrie Smith, as the student of the month for November.
Samara is a senior at Lena High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council. She is an active member of the cross country, basketball, and track teams. Her friends describe her as intelligent, friendly, loyal, honest, empathetic, reliable, and a great friend.
Her hobbies are reading, cooking, baking, crocheting, and listening to music. Her community activities include helping with the Lena Dairyfest Stampede, youth wrestling tournaments, and the youth wrestling program.
Her work experience includes being a waitress at the Blue Spruce.
Samara has enlisted in the Army National Guard to become a culinary specialist. She plans on attending Fox Valley Technical College to earn a degree in culinary arts and to transfer the Culinary Institute of America to earn a degree in Food Business Management.