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Meet Clara Brown, Class of 2021
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At just 6 years old, Clara Brown knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up—and she hasn't looked back since.

"I was in Miss Wineka’s kindergarten class at Koontz Elementary when I realized that my dream career was to be a teacher,” she shared.

Now, the graduating senior from Salisbury High School, has a bright future ahead of her. Not only is she the class of 2021’s co-valedictorian with 4.68 GPA, she has also been recently awarded two scholarships because of her extracurricular and social justice activities.

This fall, she will be attending University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Elementary Education. After graduating, she plans to be a public middle school teacher. 

Clara already has a specific vision of what kind of teacher she wants to be. Melanie Burton, her math teacher at Salisbury High School, is her blueprint. 

"Miss Burton didn’t leave anyone in the class behind and expected the best out of us,” says Clara. “Students often get labeled, but she looks past that and treats every student equally.”

Her experience attending Rowan-Salisbury Schools all 13 years, starting at Koontz Elementary, moving into Knox Middle School and then on to Salisbury High School, has made her love education.

"I grew up truly loving school, and my school system loved me back. I came from a very supportive family,” says Clara. “But as a teacher I want to flip that script and give every student equal opportunity to achieve.” 



Choral students and their teacher

Jakein Johnson, Ethan Cardwell, and Xavier Vaughters, all tenors with the West Rowan High School Honors chorus, were chosen to be part of the NC Honors Chorus event at Wingate University.