As a student representative to the School One Board of Directors, Clare spent her junior year year helping the school’s governing body understand the day-to-day experience for students. Clare was also an intern at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, where she conducted legal research and participated in discussions about current discrimination cases.
But the highlight from this past year was reading Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflection on Race and Medicine. Clare loved it so much she wrote the author, Damon Tweedy, with praise and questions about her own future career in the field of medicine. Tweedy wrote her back promptly with encouraging words, telling Clare to always make a point to get to know her patients and suggesting she combine her passion of neurology with public health. This summer, Clare will continue to pursue that passion for neurology as a research intern at a lab at Brown University where she will work with Dr. Judy Liu.
Clare was recently honored with the Young Leader Award from RI State Treasurer Magaziner, an award presented to high school juniors who demonstrate outstanding achievement in math, economics, finance or business-related courses. She was also awarded the School One Science Award and the American Mathematical Society Award for excellence in math.
Of her experiences at School One, Clare said, “I really like how all of the students at School One are welcoming and accept you for who you are. It makes me more comfortable and that helps my learning because even though I have challenging classes and homework, it’s easy for me to be here.”