Student Spotlight: Bay High's Claire Mercer

Bay High junior Claire Mercer

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Bay High junior Claire Mercer agreed to embark upon a significant challenge when she was elected Ohio Key Club’s Division 14 Lieutenant Governor for this school year.

“I’ll be visiting nine Key Club schools in our division this year,” Claire said. “My job is to encourage all of them to be active Key Clubs and to keep them informed of events going on with local and state Kiwanis and Key Club organizations.”

She will also try to attend as many service project activities as possible for the division high schools, which include Bay Village, Fairview, Lakewood, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Olmsted Falls, Rocky River, St. Joseph’s and Westlake. While she will do a lot of physical traveling, Claire also plans to enlist her skills with social media and texting to help her maintain strong communication throughout her district.

In addition to her role as Lieutenant Governor, Claire is active in the Ohio Key Club State Conference, is the division-to-division Forums Coordinator, and heads up the state organization’s Family Relations Committee.

At Bay High, she is a member of the National Honor Society and plays clarinet in both the Bay High Symphony Orchestra and the Bay High Marching Band. This year, Claire was named an AP Scholar, and she has also received the Jefferson Award, a national service award.

Claire enjoys drawing and painting. Her favorite activities are board games, card games, watching movies and attending bonfires with friends. She traveled to Montreal, Canada, with her parents, Carolyn and Jeff, this summer, and she enjoyed a trip in July to Washington, D.C., to attend the Key Club International Convention.

In spite of her heavy schedule with school and Key Club, Claire holds a part-time job with Jimmie John’s Gourmet Sandwiches in Westlake. She is not yet sure what her major in college will be, but she enjoys the study of science, and one of her favorite subjects is biology. She recently participated in an informational website video with Bay Village Board of Education member Mike Caputo and Superintendent Clint Keener on Community Partnerships, addressing the good things that Bay High Key Club does for the local and extended community.

Her Key Club advisor, Bay High teacher Anita Bauknecht, felt that Claire would make an excellent “spotlight” subject.

“It has been such a pleasure to watch her come into Key Club her freshmen year, find meaning in serving others, display quality character, and grow in her leadership skills to become the poised, confident, and skilled leader she is today,” Bauknecht said. “We could not more proud of Claire as she represents Bay High and the State of Ohio in her Key Club Lieutenant Governor role. We look forward to what the future holds for Claire as she continues to make a positive impact on those around her.”

Karen Derby

Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:10 AM, 11.12.2013