Indigo Clark passionate about music, art, environment – Gig Harbor Now

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Gig Harbor Now publishes the profiles of each of the 25 honored students honored by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. Students will be honored at a banquet from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at Ocean5, 5268 Point Fosdick Dr.

Student: clark indigo

The school: Peninsula High School

Category: Academic success

Indigo Clark celebrates her creative spirit in song and art. The choir was her favorite activity throughout high school, boosting her confidence and introducing her to many of her best friends.

In addition to serving in the Peninsula High School Choir, Indigo has sung in the WMEA All-State, All-Northwest, and All-National Honor Choirs for the past three years.

“You have to audition for the honor choir every year and only nine students are selected,” she said. “So it’s a pretty big honor to be chosen.”

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Garden of Eden

She also enjoys drawing and owns a freelance business creating personal Dungeons & Dragons characters for her clients. When the COVID shutdown shifted the school to online classes, Indigo used the extra time to post an online comic she calls “Eden’s Garden.”

“It’s kind of a fantasy,” she said. “It started out as a fresh idea, just for my own pleasure, driven entirely by my passion for storytelling. I uploaded it to the internet and it got a huge fanbase – over a million views and 64,000 subscribers. And it brought me a lot of unexpected success, like enjoying my freelance artwork. I’m incredibly proud of it, even though it wasn’t my best work.

She also uses her talents to create illustrations for an independent video game studio in Germany.

Indigo has completed 10 AP/Honors courses and has a GPA of 3.93, ranking 21st in his class. She was an AP Scholar and Honor Roll in grades 9 through 11.

She is also a senior senator for the ASB and vice president of the PHS Environmental Club and has earned over 10 hours of community service recycling around the school for the club. This is in addition to volunteering over 30 hours at Winterfest.

overcoming adversity

The hardest thing she had to deal with in high school was losing her father at the start of her senior year. She was already struggling to make the transition from virtual to in-person learning, and her passing completely changed her mindset and perspective.

“A lot of my struggles in high school were short-lived or had clear endings,” she said. “I’ve struggled with anxiety and confidence, but forcing myself out of my comfort zone has always helped immensely. The complex emotions I’ve experienced since his death have no clear solution – everything what I can do is simply give myself grace and forgiveness.

This summer, her family is moving back to the Midwest, and in the fall, Indigo will go to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study graphic design. She wants to use her education and natural talent to become a user experience web designer.

Indigo’s talent, compassion and positive outlook impressed school counselor Molly Copeland.

“Our student body has gone through a very difficult number of years, and it is leaders like Indigo that we are grateful for actively shaping a positive future for our school,” Copeland said. “She has demonstrated all the characteristics of a successful learner who contributes wholeheartedly to her campus community and improves the quality of student life for her peers. Every day she leaves her mark on PHS, making it a better place for us all.

“She has also proven to be one of the most resilient and optimistic young adults I have worked with. She’s already endured more than many adults in terms of grief and loss, but it’s not with defeat or fear that she describes herself, nor is it how she goes on with her life. . I marvel at her ability to honor her dear father’s life by living his own with compassion, courage and grace. By treating others with unconditional positive regard and practicing deep, genuine empathy for everyone around her, she teaches us all about healing, strength and hope. She is a shining light to all of us.

clark indigo

The school: Peninsula High School

Category: Academic success

parent: Angela Clark

GPA: 3.93

Honors/achievements: 10 AP/specialty courses; South Sound Conference Scholar Musician; National Honor Society; District PHS student; AP Scholar; Roll of honor; vice-president of the environmental club; secretary of the board of the PHS choir; SBA Senior Senator; University letter in chorus.

Favorite teacher: M. Nugent—Psychology 101. “I learned so much from him. He made understanding psychological principles interesting and taught me not only how we think, but also how to be a better human. I admire his kindness and his knowledge.

The best thing about PHS: The staff. Each of them is very unique and has so much knowledge to share. Our school is fortunate to have five wonderful counsellors. My high school experience would have been infinitely more difficult without them.

Advice for young students: Don’t be obsessed with academics. They are important, but never important enough to sacrifice sleep, sanity, and sanity.

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