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Finding Her Own Place
Sam Bernstein ’14
Clare Casey has big shoes to fill. With three older brothers (Jack, ’08; Pat ’09; Danny, ’13) who all left their own, large footprint on the school, Clare, an incoming sophomore, has found her own place – by doing just about everything. “I think there are some pressures and expectations on me,” said Clare via phone interview, “but as the youngest and only girl I have more of a chance to do my own thing.”
That “own thing” manifests itself in a startling extra-curricular resume that includes three sports at SI and twelve years of Irish Dancing. As Clare puts it, “Soccer is big in [her] family,” so it’s natural to see that sport occupy her winter season. However, Clare adds both Fall Field Hockey and Spring Track to her athletic endeavors, which makes her a rare bird even among SI’s notable athletes. In addition, Clare doesn’t limit herself to sports as she partakes in Irish Dancing, a modern nod to her rich heritage. This hobby has led to her dancing on St. Patrick’s Day as well as in SI’s Student Arts Showcase and International Food Faire.
Quick to laugh but slow to boast, it’s easy to see why classmate Raquel Whiting ’16 describes Clare as “well-liked and a good friend.” Yet Clare’s modesty extends beyond her peers.
As an active member of the Cancer Awareness club, she cut over eight inches of her hair to donate to “Locks of Love.” For anyone with a buzz cut like me, that’s the equivalent of at least a year’s worth of hair growth!
Although she hasn’t served on Student Council to date, Clare said that she is interested in following her brothers’ footsteps and running for office as an upperclassmen. When I asked about plans beyond high school she laughed just as any care-free sophomore should, but, at this point, it appears Clare Casey could do just about anything.
Clare helping Hair that Brings Hope
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