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A Step Above: A Step Above – Claire Holden

Palo Verde High School
Class of 2013

John Mayer once sang, “Who says I can’t be free from all of the things that I used to be?” That idea of a life filled with promise and possibility is something Palo Verde High School senior Claire Holden holds close to her heart. Driven by a passion for everything from music to endangered animals to community fellowship, Claire approaches every situation with a positive outlook, preparing herself for the road ahead with a strong work ethic and a natural aptitude for leadership. There’s no dream beyond her reach, and that places Claire Holden – A Step Above.


G.P.A.: 4.45

Activities/Community Service

  • JROTC, 2009-10
  • Marching Band, 2009-Present; Concert Band, 2009-Present
  • Jazz Band, 2009-Present; Jazz Combo, 2012-Present
  • Percussion Ensemble, 2009-Present; Section Leader, 2012-Present
  • Steel Drum Ensemble, 2009-Present; Taiko Ensemble, 2012-Present
  • Wind Ensemble, 2011-Present
  • Drum Line, 2011-Present
  • Band Student Leadership, 2012-Present
  • Church Mission Trip to La Mission, Mexico, 2005-Present
  • Walk Over to The Heights of Summerlin Mental Rehabilitation Clinic, 2012
  • Campus Clean Up, 2009-Present
  • Hometown Holidays, 2010-Present
  • Snow Day, 2010-Present


  • JROTC Commander’s Award, 2010
  • Presidential Service Medal (Silver), 2010
  • Marching Section of the Year (Percussion), 2010
  • Most Improved Concert Percussionist, 2010
  • Outstanding Concert Percussionist, 2012
  • Superior and Excellent Scores in Solo & Ensemble, 2010-13
  • Superior Scores in Regional Solo & Ensemble, 2010-13
  • Highest Scores in Nevada, All State Solo & Ensemble, 2011 & 2013

Goals & Aspirations: “I plan on attending UNLV, then going on to continue my education in veterinary school, hoping to one day have my own clinic. I hope to graduate from veterinary school with little to no debt and set up an outreach for endangered animals.”

Part of the Solution: “The biggest issue facing students today is the general lack of world knowledge and involvement in the community. A lot of people are just not aware of what is going on around the world and how it affects our lives and the future of our country. I believe that history and government class should spend a portion of class time reviewing current events and holding class discussions.”

Cause for Concern: “I would choose to be president of a charity that continues to support our veterans wounded in war. Most of my family are currently serving or veterans of the military, though I am lucky enough that none of them were injured during war. I would like to support our troops as much as I can.”


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