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Profile: LHS student council officers aims to give back to community

Claire Marrone is a lifelong Lewisville resident and senior at Lewisville High School. She is ranked in the top 15 of her class, organized the school’s fall blood drive, leads the Seniors Teaching Seniors iPad training and was instrumental in organizing LHS’s Angel Tree program.

Tell us about your family.

My mom’s name is Brenda Tristan and my dad’s name is Scott Marrone. I have one sister named Sarah Marrone who is a sophomore at The University of Texas at Dallas. My mom works for American Airlines so we love to travel using her flight benefits.

Where does your philanthropic spirit come from?

I have always held leadership positions starting with my freshman year at the Lewisville High School Killough campus, but when Allison Stamey, Lewisville High School’s Student Activities Director, asked me if I was interested in becoming a student council officer I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. As I started working with the community I realized the amazing opportunity that stood before me. I was able help students realize their ability to make a monumental difference in numerous lives throughout our school and community. This role of Student Body Community Connections Officer has inspired me to help the community more and more and serve as an example for my fellow classmates.

What is your favorite subject in school?

Psychology. Knowing people who have suffered from mental illness has piqued my interest in the study of human thought and behavior.

What was the best part about this year’s angel tree?

My favorite part was the connections and relationships built with the people who helped me successfully complete this project. I was not the only student who gave 100 percent to this cause. My fellow student council officers were there every step of the way, wrapping thousands of gifts, moving heavy boxes of toys and clothing, and giving back massages when I felt overwhelmed. Every late work night consisted of laughter-filled moments and newly-made memories. The best part was having an amazing time while doing good for the community.

What goes into organizing the angel tree program?

Being the student representative in charge of this project is extremely stressful and exhausting, but has been the most rewarding experience of my life. The project involves staying after school until 9 p.m., 10 p.m., or sometimes even midnight trying to organize the wrapping, sorting and distribution of the presents. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into making sure every Angel receives enough presents. You would think my job involved a lot of wrapping, but in reality, I spent most my time behind the computer inputting data into spreadsheets and replying to emails concerning adoption and delivering issues.

What do you enjoy most about the seniors teaching seniors technology training?

I enjoy witnessing the Lewisville High School Student Council volunteers interact with the senior citizens. The conversations usually stray from the basic, “How do I set up a Facebook account?” questions, and gravitate toward the more personal questions of, “Where do you plan to continue your education?” It’s amazing to witness the trainees take an interest in high schoolers’ plans, and to witness trainers take an interest in the senior citizens’ stories. It’s an amazing program that bridges the gap between the youth and older generations of Lewisville.

Are you involved with any other school clubs or sports? How about outside clubs/sports?

Outside of student council, I’m a captain on both the cross country and track and field teams. I’m also involved in Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, YoungLife, Interact and the Farmer Student Cohort Team. I am proud to be a National Hispanic Merit Scholar.

You’re ranked in the top 15 in your class, involved with student council and organize multiple community events/fundraisers. How do you juggle everything?

Throughout high school I’ve gained a lot of insight on time management. In order to keep up my grades while also being involved in extracurricular activities I have to remain extremely organized. I’m the queen of planners and “to-do” lists. Most importantly, I genuinely enjoy all my classes, as well as the sports teams and clubs I’m involved in. That makes it a lot easier to allow time for everything. Of course, I’m a normal teenager who gets lazy sometimes and tends to procrastinate, but I’m continuing to learn how to make effective use of my time. It does get exhausting but I love my fast-paced lifestyle.

Do you know where you want to attend college and what you want to study?

I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin and study neuroscience.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love to run, read, play piano and watch Netflix in my free time.

What is at the top of your Christmas wish list?

All I want for Christmas is a full-ride scholarship, but the new iPhone X would be my second choice.

If you could sit in with a band and play with them, which would you choose?  

The Beatles. I would love to help create the music that made such a large impact on the culture of the 60’s. It would also be pretty cool to become friends with John Lennon.

If you could live in any sitcom, which one would it be?


What is your favorite book and how many times have you read it?

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. I’ve read it three times.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

Delhi, India.

What famous person would you love to have coffee with and what would you want to talk about?

Malala Yousafzai. I would ask her what inspires her to continue to advocate for human rights and the education of women after the terrors she faced.

What do you hope to be remembered for?

The positive impact I’ve made at Lewisville High School. I hope to continue making the same impact throughout my college career and future beyond education.

What accomplishment brings you the most pride?

My work with this year’s Angel Tree project. It was astonishing to consider how many homes held the presents I helped deliver, and how many smiles were created because of them. Angel Tree supports those with financial struggles not only by gifting them with toys and games, but by supplying necessities, such as clothing and gift cards for groceries. Above all else, the program illustrates to each of the angels that they are treasured and valued. It was an amazing experience attempting to inspire others to become involved in an endeavor that reaches beyond their own life.

What person in your life do you most admire?

My mom, Brenda Tristan. She is the most ambitious person I know, and I’m grateful to have realized the sacrifices she has made for me throughout my childhood. Her determination to pay for her own education at the University of North Texas is inspiring. She has continued to work toward improving herself and has taught my sister and me to do the same. She successfully juggled raising my sister and me while also remaining ambitious in her career.

What superpower would you want and how would you use it to help people?

The ability of time travel. I would love to be able to visit the future and then return to the present to report back my findings in order to prevent people from making catastrophic mistakes.

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