Claire Kent

Claire Kent

PRESS RELEASE – June 2, 2020

Parents:  Fredrick and Dee Dee Kent

Destination after High School: University of Virginia

Plan of Study: Aerospace Engineering                         

Dual Enrollment/AP Credits: 37 Credits, 6 Pending

Activities and Achievements:

  • Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School
  • Early College Scholars graduate
  • AP Scholar
  • Academic Team
  • Trebuchet Club
  • Political Awareness Club
  • Dance
  • Beta Club
  • National Merit Scholarship

Volunteer Work:  

  • Student Government
  • Hands on Fluvanna
  • Vacation Bible at Cunningham United Methodist Church

Work Experience:

  • Cuppa Joe- Barista

Why did you choose the University of Virginia?

UVA was appealing to me because it was something I felt familiar with. Aside from obviously living so close to the school, I also had the opportunity to shadow some undergrad students working in the aerospace engineering department last summer and it was just a truly incredible experience. It definitely helped me make my decision.  

What will you remember most about being a Fluco?

I think I’ll remember the school spirit the most. Growing up, both of my siblings had a lot of school spirit and I was fortunate enough to be in a class that was really spirited, so it made things like football games and Spirit Week really fun.

Who are some of the people that you would like to thank?

I’d like to thank Mr. Luke Divine, Mr. Matthew Morrison, Ms. Victoria Zavadsky, Mr. Craig Conner, Mrs. Sherry Esch, Mrs. Laura Bridge, and Mr. David Small.  

What advice would you give to rising 8th  Graders?

Don’t use the main staircases. I know that’s weird and it sounds like a joke, but you’ll get to class much faster if you avoid them and use the ones in the back. There’s like a million of them and you’ll thank me later.

What is something humorous that happened while you were in school?

In my 8th grade civics and economics class with Mr. Engel, we had a project where we had to build a bridge with toothpicks and Elmer’s glue, but we had a set budget and we had to track our spending on materials. The group whose bridge could hold the most weight compared to how much was spent on materials would win the competition we were having. When it was my group’s turn, we put the bridge across the desks and put a 3D printed hook over the bridge before putting the bucket on. Slowly we filled the bucket with sand and when we got to around 25 pounds or so, the entire thing fell and the bucket dropped to the ground. On closer inspection, the bridge was still perfectly intact and it was the hook that had given out under the weight. My group got a pretty big kick out of that.

What are your best memories of school?

My best memories are definitely just the times I got to spend with my friends. I made a lot of really awesome friends through school and I know the relationships I’ve built here are going to last a long time.  

What is a Fluco? If you have to ask, you aren’t one.

Photo Credit- Brooke Robinson  

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