Stats: 17, Hannibal High School in Hannibal Missouri
- Future Business Leaders of America
- National Honor Society
- Distinguished Key Club President
- Pre-Medical Professionals Club
- Academic Team Medalist
- 2nd place in Mahan Speech Contest
Claire using this quote from John Wesley as a reminder of how she can serve others every day, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can for as long as ever you can.”
How it began:
Every since Claire Wolber was a little girl, she began collecting key rings from every vacation she’s ever been on. Now she has nearly 150, some of which were gifts from family members. “My favorite key ring is of the Arabia steam boat ship I got from a museum,” says Claire. Aside from collect key chains, Claire also loves to write. Her short stories have been placed in the Top 10 Stories in the Mahan Short Story Contest two years in a row.
Claire has also won top honors in speech. She started taking a speech class with one of her English teachers and has gone on to place 3rd in the Mahan Speech Contest, the following year she placed 2nd and also placed 3rd in the MO-ARK Key Club District Speech Contest.
In past years she has been recognized for her character being named the Student of the Year and “Director’s Choice” Student Council Member of the Year.
At Hannibal High, Claire is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and serves as the president of the Key Club. “My dad is a part of the Kiwanis club,” says Claire, which is the adult version of Key Club. She believes his involvement in the club is what inspired her to join the Key Club at her school. After taking on a leadership role within the Key Club, Claire was ultimately honored as Distinguished Key Club President for going above and beyond the call of duty to improve the club by increasing membership from 60 members to 97 and boosting service hours from 529 to 670.
Claire would like to pursue a career in the medical field because she likes giving back. She’s studying anatomy right now and is thinking about becoming a doctor of medicine, specializing in pain management.
Claire credits her parents as being her biggest inspiration. She says they help her do anything from helping her with her schedule to being supportive to taking the time to talk with her about career options. She says, “They help me make critical decisions and also help keep me grounded.”
Claire is proud that her parents taught her to push herself by taking difficult classes, which she believes has helped to improve her work ethic. She believes it has helped create a ripple effect by helping her with time management when it comes to assignments, studying hard, and asking more questions to help her understand.
Kent and Lisa Wolber can describe what they’re most proud of about their daughter in one word, “tenacity”. They see their daughter stick to the task at hand until she’s reached her goal.
“We serve as a sounding board and share our life experiences when asked,” says Kent.
Parent to Parent:
Growing up Kent and Lisa were taught to value education. They both were encouraged to study hard, stay in school, and obtain a college degree. They were taught the value of the “Golden Rule,” which helped to keep their family together during tough times.
The Wolbers value their faith, learning, and quality time with family. “We encourage daily learning. We compare and contrast that knowledge against our values of faith, family, and service. We enjoy travelling together, exploring the natural wonders of our world, imagining ourselves present at historical events that happened years before we were born, and appreciating the opportunities that are available to all citizens because of free enterprise. Some of our liveliest discussions have taken place not only while travelling, but at the dinner table. We consider ourselves blessed,” says Kent.