Meet Claire Gawel

Stevenson High School Senior

Future Plans
University of Michigan
Study of Slavic Languages

Career and Technical Education
Student of the Year
Macomb County

Claire Gawel

Claire's Story

My story in Utica Community Schools begins in the first playmates program at Heritage Junior High School when I was in preschool. I made a friend there who was my cribmate and we would be wheeled outside during fire drills. I still have that friend today at Stevenson High School. I went to DeKeyser Elementary, Davis Junior High School and now I'm a senior at Stevenson High School.

If I had a friend who approached me and asked if they should go to Utica Community Schools, I would say go for it. I have always felt that Utica Community Schools is a family. My grandparents live in Utica Community Schools and my mother is a graduate of Henry Ford II High School.

To me, elementary school is the most important part of your education because it is there if you decide how you feel about school. I loved school. In fact, I used to cry when we had snow days because I wanted to go to schools so badly.

One of the things I have always appreciated about Utica Community Schools is the diversity in our schools. There are different races, religions and income levels, and I feel I am more prepared for the future because I have had the opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds.

The experience of different backgrounds and the strong academic opportunities in UCS are what has prompted me to attend University of Michigan next year to study the Slavic languages.

I know it sounds like a cliche, but I just want to make a difference. I have met a lot of people who either are immigrants or their parents were immigrants. My interest in Slavic languages is that I know I could make a difference to help someone who may be relocating here from Eastern Europe.

My career will also involve something in the medical field. Thanks to my experiences in the Utica Community Schools medical careers courses, I have been given the the opportunity to explore different career possibilities. Recently, I was named the Macomb Career and Technical Education Student of the Year award. This award has given me confidence for my future.

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Dr. Christine Johns, Superintendent of Schools
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