The final school bell of the school year has now officially chimed and it's time for a couple of months of fun in the sun.
To help mark the past school term's demise and add to the celebration of the season, the Cleghorn Library has announced that Claire DeMilia is the recipient of the honors as their June Reader of the Month.
Claire is an old Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Middle School hand who has just completed the seventh grade.
Science and Social Studies, Claire notes, were her top subjects this past school year. She also adds that both Mr. Chapman and Mr. Morse rated straight "A's" as her top instructors.
This June peruser considers the Cleghorn library a pretty cool place where a reader can really chill out. She particularly enjoys the quiet atmosphere that makes reading a downright relaxing experience.
Claire has several favorite genres on her preferred reading list. She likes stories about Native Americans, tales of life in the Wilderness and seldom passes up an opportunity to check out a book penned by Eoin Colfer and Gary Paulsen, her idea of ace authors.
She is also known to get out of this world on occasion by reading a Science Fiction tale or two.
It should be pointed out here that it just might not be too healthy criticizing Claire's choice of reading material. Besides being an avid reader, she is also a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Besides martial arts mayhem, extracurricular activities for Cleghorn's June reader includes participating in her Bible Instruction Class at the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church.
As far as her future is concerned, Claire has been doing some heavy duty planning,
"At first, I thought I would like to be a teacher," she said. "But my grandmother told me about being a Park Ranger. After I thought about it, being a ranger included all the things I loved: meeting new people, learning science things and being outdoors."
"I will probably go to a community college close to home the first two years, then transfer to a university," Claire concluded.
Until it comes time for her to give Smoky Bear some assistance in preserving our forests, however, Claire DeMilia can be found at her home over on Beech Street in Marcus where she resides with her parents...Jill and Frank and her kid brother, 10-year-old Anthony.