Meet Stephenville’s 2020 salutatorian

Ashley Inge
Claire Choate

Claire Choate is Stephenville High School’s 2020 salutatorian.

Choate, another lifetime Honeybee, has attended Stephenville ISD since kindergarten.

Her parents inspired her to do her best in school but she continued to do well after she found out she was ranked third in her class during her freshman year.

“My parents always told me that I should always give my best in everything that I do, but when I found out I ranked third, it surprised me,” she said. “I told myself that I wanted to stay there and that inspired me to work hard for the rest of high school. I told myself I might as well do my best and stay as high as I can.”

Choate was treasurer of student council her senior year and was a class representative every year in high school. She was actively involved with varsity soccer and was a member of National Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. She was an officer and member of WIT (Workforce Industry Training), FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and was enrolled in Hope class, where she was a helper for special needs children.

Her favorite memory of high school is winning state with her soccer team two different times.

“All of soccer was pretty great,” she said. “All the seniors [on the soccer team] were really close. We had 13 of us. We [won state] when we were freshman and again my junior year. It’s really special for it to happen once, but for it to happen twice was really cool. It was one of the best experiences ever.”

When asked what her biggest accomplishment was, Choate responded with, “being salutatorian.”

“It’s me as an individual,” she said. “It’s a reward for a lot of hard work.”

She also received Outstanding Student of the Year for three different classes: Pre-AP biology her freshman year, Pre-AP Spanish II her sophomore year and Pre-AP pre-cal last year.

“That was a pretty big deal to me because the teacher gets to pick one student, so I felt pretty special about that too,” Choate said.

Following graduation, Choate plans to attend Abilene Christian University and majoring in communication sciences and disorders. After that, she plans to attend graduate school and obtain a master's degree in speech pathology.

“I know there are so many people in my grade that have worked really hard to make good grades and I know that I've worked really hard too, so to actually get [salutatorian is] pretty cool because I know it’s pretty rare to be second in the class,” she added. “I feel really honored and blessed that I was able to make those grades to get there.”