The faculty and staff of Clare High School announce the valedictorian and co-salutatorians for the Class of 2013. This year’s valedictorian is Keagen Owens.
Keagen earned an excellent 3.982 GPA through his first seven semesters at Clare High School. Co- salutatorians are Jordan Hales and Jeffrey Staten. Both achieved an outstanding GPA of 3.964.
Keagen Owens has been a member of numerous clubs and organizations throughout his high school career. In addition to participating in regular meets, he was on the Quiz Bowl team that traveled to MSU and CMU to compete in televised tournaments. In Science Olympiad he earned a 1st place finish in Fermi Questions and 2nd in Technical Problem Solving. He also was also involved in several community service projects as a part of the National Honor Society.
Music has been important part of Keagen’s life at Clare High School. He has been a valuable member of the jazz and symphonic bands for the past four years. At Solo and Ensemble competitions he achieved “I” ratings for his saxophone performances. In athletics, Keagen was presented the Sportsmanship Award in soccer.
When he is not in school, Keagen enjoys playing soccer, video games, reading, listening to music and playing the piano. To pursue his future goal of becoming a surgeon, Keagen will attend the University of Michigan in the fall to study chemistry or pre-med.
In addition to working hard in the classroom, Jordan Hales has been very involved in extracurricular activities during his high school years. His interest in science led him to participate in the Science Olympiad where he earned three regional championships. He was also involved in National Honor Society and the Business Professionals of America.
As a member of the Symphonic Band, Jordan received the highest rating of “I” in District Solo and Ensemble competitions. Due to his outstanding achievement in high school, the faculty and staff of Clare High School named Jordan as the DAR Good Citizen for the Class of 2013.
Athletics also played an important role in Jordan’s Clare High School career. He is an accomplished athlete in several sports, earning accolades in soccer (all conference/all district, MVP), bowling (first team all conference), track (first team all conference/coach’s award) and was all conference and an individual state qualifier in skiing.
Jordan enjoys reading, music, hunting and boating in his free time. He also plans on becoming a Wolverine next fall. He will be studying chemical engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The co-salutatorian of the Class of 2013 is Jeffrey Staten. His academic accomplishments have spanned all areas of the curriculum. He has earned honors in chemistry, trigonometry, English, economics, and computers. Jeffrey was in the principal chair of his section for the past three years in both jazz and symphonic bands. His trumpet section for jazz won the Outstanding section – Brass at the CMU Jazz Weekend.
Jeffrey has also been active in a variety of activities the past four years at Clare High School. While a member of National Honor Society, he participated in numerous community service projects including blood drives, Walk for Warmth and the Clare Primary School carnival. He was also a mentor for freshmen in the Pioneer Crew program.
During the snowy Michigan months of winter, you will find Jeffrey on the slopes participating in skiing. He was a Clare Ski Team varsity member for four years earning several accolades in the sport: Individual State Qualifier (3 years), All Conference Slalom, Most Valuable Skier, MHSSCA Scholar/Athlete, Third Team All State. He was also was involved in soccer and baseball at Clare High School.
A love for all things mechanical and the need to take them apart has provided the inspiration for Jeffrey’s future education. He plans on attending Michigan Tech University this fall to study mechanical engineering.
Congratulations should be extended to the students’ parents who provided the support and encouragement that helped their sons become successful: Matthew and Karen Owens, Mike and Mary Hales, and Brian and Pam Staten.
Other students deserving special recognition are our remaining top ten scholars: Kayla Yob, Caitlin Field, Sarah Wolfe, Katelynn Smith, Jaelen Rodgers, Ashley Petree and Evan Schumacher.
Congratulations to all of these students who have worked hard to achieve their academic accomplishments.