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Janna Clarke 

Janna ClarkePenticton Secondary School
2013 Grad
Ocean bound academic athlete

Don’t be fooled by the soft-spoken, gentle demeanour of this bilingual French immersion grad. This fit future scientist counts the Pen High gym as her favourite place.

“I do homework there during boys’ basketball practice. I find the sound of the bouncing soothing.”

Quintessential career: marine biologist. Want to give ocean animals a better home.

Summer highlight: Mom just won a scuba course at a silent auction and gave it to me.

Favourite subjects: biology and chemistry. Teachers Mr. Arcuri and Mr. Harkness are awesome. Learn new stuff every day.

Independence: entrance scholarship for earth and ocean sciences at University of Victoria next year.

Environment in 50 years: cleaner. People will be more educated and aware of what we are doing to the earth.

Helping out: volunteer coach. Basketball at Queen’s Park Elementary, basketball and rugby at Kettle Valley Railway Middle School.

Fitness find: volleyball, basketball and rugby for Pen High. Provincial volleyball team. First choice? Rugby. Learning speed and agility, thrill of running through people, camaraderie of teammates.

Favourite food: Dad’s barbecue steak. Medium with Italian dressing. Just the way he likes it.

Must have technology: iPhone for online banking, communication
and schoolwork.

App award: Google Translate. Looking up French words.

Social media: Tumblr Blog. Good place to write thoughts and feelings and vent—carefully. Keep it broad and general.

eReader or print: love a beaten old book I can lend to friends, write notes in margin and turn down corners. Screen reading hurts my eyes.

Lasting life lesson: don’t put your happiness in someone else’s hands. Learned through personal experience.

Most admired person: older brother. Builds computers, network security specialist. One of nicest, most caring guys I know. Has a learning disability but persevered. Always there for me.

Celebrating 30 Years

The great part about anniversaries is taking time to reflect. Delving into our magazine archives, we once again came face to face with the passionate people who strengthen our communities and the creative artists who fill the Valley with art, song and laughter.