Fluvanna County High School Valedictorian for the Class of 2018
(Photo Credit: Ali Johnson)
PRESS RELEASE – May 24, 2018
Parents: Samuel and Barbara Clarke
Destination after High School: University of Virginia
Plan of Study: I plan to study the sciences (mostly Biology and Neurology) on the path towards becoming a Pediatric Neurologist.
Dual Enrollment/AP Credits: 35 with nine Pending
- AP Scholar, 2017
- Smith Book Award, 2017
- Academic Excellence and Medal Winner for World History 1, 2015
- Academic Excellence for Earth Science, 2015
- Academic Excellence for Biology, 2015
- Academic Excellence for Spanish III, 2016
- Academic Excellence for English 10 Honors, 2016
- Academic Excellence for Algebra II, 2016
- Academic Excellence for AP US History, 2017
- Academic Excellence for Honors Chemistry, 2017
- Academic Excellence for PVCC Pre-Calculus, 2017
- Academic Excellence for Advanced Math, 2017
- W!SE Financial Literacy
- College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA)
- Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification
Activities: Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School, Interact Club, Beta Club, Engineering Club, Literature Magazine, Inspire VA, Future Farmers of America (FFA), Academic Team, Vocal and Guitar Lessons
Volunteer Work: Fluvanna County Public Library, Hands on Fluvanna, Mason’s Toy Box
Why did you choose the University of Virginia?
When I toured, I fell in love with the campus and was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s ideals of an education for all people. Also, I want to make a difference in the world, and I know that UVA will provide me with the resources and opportunities to achieve my goal.
What will you remember most about being a Fluco?
I will remember the school’s kind, supportive community. Everyone, from my friends to my teachers, have motivated me and pushed me to become the best person I can be.
Who are some of the people that you would like to thank?
I would love to thank my amazing, incredible parents. They have been there to love and support me every step of the way. I would also like to thank all of the incredible teachers and staff at FCHS. Mr. Morrison and Mr. Koczan taught me to open my mind to different cultures. Mrs. Esch taught me to always be kind to others. Mr. Davis, Mr. Divine, Mr. Pace, Dr. Hagan, Mr. Dye, Mrs. Haley, Ms. Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Jennings, and Mr. Conner have all inspired me to be my best self and encouraged me to strive for greatness. Thank you, all of you.
What advice would you give to rising 8th Graders?
Never be afraid to speak your mind and be sure to embrace every opportunity that life gives you.
What is something humorous that happened while you were in school?
Last summer, while on a school trip to Italy, my friends and I purchased a caricature of one of our beloved teachers, Mr. Morrison. We then presented it to him at the end of the first semester as a Christmas gift. We thought it was funny, but he is still questioning the size of his ears.
What are your best memories of school?
My most fond memories occurred while I was in classes for the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School. My fellow BRVGS classmates and I have developed a very special bond over lots of papers, presentations, study sessions, and pizza lunches.
What is a Fluco?
To me, a Fluco is a person who is incredibly strong-willed and confident. They are passionate about many topics and are infinitely curious about the world around them. They are kind and supportive to the entire Fluvanna community.
My voice automatically raises two octaves every time I see a dog.
Submitted by: Brenda Gilliam, Executive Director for Instruction and Finance