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Hi, my name is Jesalyn Claeys.  In the fall, I will start my senior year at Mechanicville Jr./Sr. High School.  Mechanicville Jr./Sr. High School is a small school with 640 total students.  Currently, I am valedictorian of the graduating class of 2014.  Being from a small school gave me the opportunity to be chosen to participate in a sustainable energies program.

Energy and sustainability became near and dear to me this past school year when I entered a school program based on clean technologies and sustainable industries.  My mom jokes that she never saw me as a tree hugger, but I certainly am one now!  There are a handful of reasons why I am interested in energy and sustainability.  I’ve always known that I wanted to make a difference.  I want to know that I’ve done something important.  Helping to preserve the environment, be it by making something more sustainable, encouraging energy conservation, or any other environmentally-friendly action, is definitely important!  I also believe sustainability in particular is going to become even more important in the future.  Because I’m most interested in sustainability, I plan to discuss that in my writing. 
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There are many ways one can make a difference.  I participate in coaching and refereeing for our local youth soccer program; here I can make a difference in the younger generation.  I am involved in the youth council, helping our community.  I have volunteered with STEM enrichment programs.  Within the school, I tutor students, both inside and outside of the school day.  Finally, for the last six years I have been class treasurer.  These are some of the ways I have made a difference in and around my community.

Have I mentioned I love to travel?  Traveling is one of my favorite hobbies.  I find it fascinating to see other locations and their cultures.  Besides traveling I enjoy soccer, which is why I coach, referee and play.  Finally, my last hobby would be reading.  I find myself easily lost in good books.

After senior year, I plan to go to college and focus on engineering and sustainability.  As of right now, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is my top pick.  However, whatever college I end up attending must be as dedicated to the environment and making a difference as I am because those are two values I don’t want to compromise.

Jesalyn Claeys can be reached publically by commenting to this blog or privately through member email.

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