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Claire Van Aken is a junior at Jacksonville High School this year. She is back for her second year with the Crimson J. She is a member of the Jacksonville J’ettes, where she serves as a 2019-2020 co-captain. She is also a committed dancer at Sara’s Studio of Dance. Aside from dancing, she enjoys taking pictures, traveling, and of course, writing. Her favorite subjects in school are English, but only with Mrs. Symons, and Journalism, also only with Mrs. Symons. Outside of school, you can find her watching her favorite Netflix series, doing her religious skin care routine, or online shopping even though she’s not supposed to. After high school, Claire hopes to become a journalist or interior designer. Claire is excited to start her second year at the Crimson J because it gives her a creative outlet to write informative, persuasive, and entertaining pieces for her readers. You can expect lots of updates on the dance teams, football games, homecoming events, and reviews on Netflix when browsing her articles. Claire hopes to create and write much interesting and worthy content this year!

Claire Van Aken, Staff Writer

Aug 26, 2019
The best study tips as a high school student (Story)
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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