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Valley Senior Claire Gilbert Explores Activism Through Honors Project (05/27/2022)

Yearbook photo of 2022 Valley senior Claire Gilbert.May 26, 2022 | Get to know activists in our community through profiles compiled by Valley High School senior Claire Gilbert. Gilbert explored the scope of activism within Iowa as part of her Honors program project by interviewing community members, including executive director of Genesis Youth Foundation Sam Gabriel and West Des Moines City Council member Renee Hardman, who Gilbert says have “shown that they care about their community through incredible actions.”

“I've been interested in activism ever since I joined Valley's chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ),” Gilbert said in an email. “I think becoming more aware of social justice issues in the world around me led me to appreciate the work that individuals do to alleviate it."

Visit the project site to read each profile

Gilbert will attend Princeton University in the fall to tentatively major in neuroscience.

Alexandra Wade