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Claire Van Aken is a sophomore at Jacksonville High School. She is a member of the school’s dance team, the J’ettes, IDTA State Champions 2018. Aside from her school activity, she is a committed dancer at Sara’s Studio of Dance where she holds over ten national titles with her team. She also enjoys spending time with her family, dog, and friends. After high school, Van Aken plans to pursue a career in writing and/or interior design. Taking journalism will give her the opportunity to write for the Crimson J and grow as a writer. Claire often writes in her freetime at home over numerous topics. Since her dad is a former football coach and the current Athletic Director at JHS, she spends much of her time attending Crimson athletic events. Something unusual about Claire is that her hair was very dark when she was born compared to the bright blonde hair that people notice her by now. She hopes to give the Crimson J a perspective from the arts and athletics, not just from Jacksonville High School, but from everywhere around the world.

Claire Van Aken, Staff Writer

May 09, 2019
Hey Alexa, stop listening to me (Story)
Apr 24, 2019
Playing a part in Earth Day (Story)
Apr 22, 2019
Timberlake puts on wild show in St. Louis (Story)
Mar 21, 2019
Dance team goes undefeated three weeks in a row (Story)
Mar 04, 2019
J’ettes place seventh at IHSA State (Story)
Mar 02, 2019
Boys’ track season begins (Story)
Feb 22, 2019
J’ettes repeat at IDTA State (Story)
Feb 01, 2019
J’ettes place seventh at IHSA State (Story)
Jan 17, 2019
State champs kick off new competitive season (Story)
Dec 20, 2018
Jacksonville Cheer advances to ICCA State Finals (Story)
Dec 19, 2018
Jacksonville Cheer advances to ICCA State Finals (Story)
Nov 16, 2018
Christmastime in the city (Story)
Nov 12, 2018
Sara’s prepares for 19th annual Company Show (Story)
Nov 02, 2018
Another Sparks movie worth watching (Story)
Oct 11, 2018
Jacksonville community shows support for breast cancer awareness (Story)
Oct 01, 2018
Dan Scott becomes new administrator at JHS (Story)
Sep 18, 2018
Homecoming Pep Rally entertains students and faculty (Story)
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