A Lakeridge High School graduate is receiving $1,000 worth of kudos for her artwork.
Lakeridge graduate Claire Williams, Class of 2017, has had her design selected for the 2017 Portland Farmers Market bag design competition. Williams' design, including the theme "Eat fresh. Eat local," will be printed on the front side of thousands of canvas tote bags that Farmers Market shoppers will receive during the market season. Her award and $1,000 scholarship from Country Financial was announced on June 3 at the Portland State University Farmers Market.
Williams is no stranger to winning awards for her art or intellect. She's the only student Lakeridge art teacher Shannon McBride can recall who has received a gold key for her writing portfolio and art portfolio in the Portland Metro Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Williams recently was lauded as a National Merit Scholar who is also a member of National Honor Society and the president of National Art Honor Society and National Spanish Honors Society at her school. She was the female Super Pacer for the Class of 2017, an award for an outstanding and well-rounded student.
McBride says that when she and a few other students heard that Williams had won she heard one teen say, "Is there anything Claire Williams can't do?"
She's certainly involved in many things. Williams is a club officer of Lakeridge Model United Nations, has performed in 10 drama productions at Lakeridge, serves as a student columnist for The Review, She is also a member of the Superintendent's Advisory Committee, LO Reads Committee and Youth Action Council.
"She's kind of the whole package," McBride says.
Williams may have many gifts, but she also had a fair amount of competition for the Country Financial award. But McBride says her Art II and A.P. art students traditionally do well in the competition, with Nancy Bignell receiving a runner-up award last year.
Country Financial received 191 entries for the design competition this year. The two runner-ups are Emily Thomas, a 10th-grader at Wilson High School and Lea Brodala, an 11th-grader at Scappoose High School. They each received a $500 scholarship for their entries. The People's Choice winner, Trent Nesbitt, a ninth-grader at Wilson High School, received a $250 scholarship.
What's next for Williams? She plans to just keep on learning.
In her column in The Review today, Williams describes how she loves school so much that she attended physics classes this June just for the added opportunity to learn, even though seniors who have graduated are not required to attend classes after commencement.
"I've been lucky to have access to the knowledge and mentorship of Lakeridge's amazing faculty for four years," Williams says. "I will miss my teachers and classes next year, but I'm looking forward to another four years of learning in college."
This fall, she plans to study biology at Carleton College, a private liberal arts school in Minnesota that has an acceptance rate of about 20 percent.