OTTAWA — Claire Inkrott, 17, of Glandorf, is ready to enter her senior year at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.
She is hoping to go to school and study to be a speech and language pathologist. She’s undecided on which college she’ll ultimately attend but has narrowed her choices to The Ohio State University and the University of Toledo.
“My mom is actually a speech and language pathologist, and I’ve always just wanted to work with people. I think that’s where I would do best in. I’ve job shadowed physical therapy, but I think I enjoyed speech more so I’ve been job shadowing a lot in that field. I really like it,” she said. “For the past three summers, I’ve volunteered at St. Rita’s, [through the] Volunteen [program], that they have there, for about 40 hours a summer, doing four hours a week for ten weeks. I really enjoyed that. It gets you a lot of experience in, especially like, I know I want to do something in the medical field. It’s really helped me decide, being able to watch them.”
She’s also been active in sports at Ottawa-Glandorf.
“I did track and field my freshman year. I got a varsity letter for that, but I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I thought I would, so I’ve been doing soccer. A lot of my friends play soccer and we’re all close, we’re all friends, so there’s no drama or anything like that. I always look forward to practice,” she said.
Outside of school, she’s involved in dance and has been since before she was two years old.
“This is my 16th year of doing it, actually, at the Performing Arts Center in Glandorf. There are five different kinds that they have there. It’s point, tap, jazz, modern, and ballet. I enjoy every practice and just all of the hard work you put into it to the final show in the spring,” she said.
As far as extracurricular activities, Inkrott is involved in something called Glamour Gals.
“I’ll be the president of Glamour Gals this year. Every month we have a makeover. We go to different nursing homes around the county for a couple hours each time and do their nails. We can do makeup for them and they just love it. They look forward to it every time we’re going there,” she said.
Inkrott was named to the National Honor Society her junior year and carries a 3.8 GPA. She’s thankful for the experience she’s gained at Ottawa-Glandorf High School.
“It’s just a great school. It’s not massive, like Findlay, and it’s not super-tiny. There’s always someone to talk to. There’s so much to do. They offer some of the extracurriculars, even just clubs and stuff, you can never be bored,” she added.
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