Posted at: 09/24/2013 4:21 PM
Updated at: 09/24/2013 6:50 PM
By: Justin Granit
The list of Countries Clara Wagner has visited seems endless as does her academic achievements. The Irondequoit senior has a 98 GPA, she's a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar with honors to name a few.
Running cross country and track has instilled Clara with the tools needed for her laundry list of accolades.
Wagner said, “Hardwork, determination and team work. The great thing about this team is the second you are on it, you have a great support system.”
Three years ago, Clara traveled to Kenya for two weeks where she joined The Flying Kites Program, a leadership academy that provides education and care for orphans.
Wagner said, “Being able to relate and do something with that understanding because when you do have that understanding it is easier to reach out and figure out what they need and what you can provide them. It is an opportunity to make a difference, a chance for hope.”
Of course, while there, Clara had to go for runs and even learned the native language.
Wagner said, “When you talked to them in their language they would look at you and say, 'Oh'. It was cute, all of the kids would run with you and be yelling the ten English words they knew. It was a lot of fun.
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