Two Oakland County residents in national spotlight

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is putting out the call to support two outstanding individuals from Oakland County appearing on national television this week. Patterson continues to cheer on ‘American Idol’ hopeful Jena Irene Asciutto of Farmington Hills. Plus, he wants residents to support Nebojsa “Neb” Stojkovic from Walled Lake who will appear on “Live with Kelly and Michael” Friday as one of the show’s Teacher of the Year finalists.

“Oakland County is full of talented people,” Patterson said. “Both Jena Irene’s and Neb’s incredible gifts are putting Oakland County in the national spotlight. I encourage our residents to vote for both of them.”

It was announced Thursday evening that Asciutto has made it through to the two-night finale of ‘American Idol’ and could end up being the first winner from Michigan to be crowned.

Stojkovic has revolutionized teaching math at Walled Lake Central High School. Students play for the highest scores in the classroom, which has made learning math fun for his students. They have demonstrated great improvements and better understanding of the material as a result. In addition, Stojkovic founded a nonprofit organization in 2007 called Passion for Life. It raises money for families with high medial costs whose children are patients at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. On top of it all, he coaches track and field at the high school.

To vote for Stojkovic, go to “Let’s do all we can to have two winners from Oakland County,” Patterson said.

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