Clare Sparling is a student at Oakton High School in Oakton, Virginia. The environment has always been a large part of her life, and she has spent numerous family vacations exploring the national parks. As she continued through school, her passion for the environment was strengthened through the encouragement of her science teachers. Additionally, the scientific research Clare has conducted throughout her high school years has brought her into contact with many environmental specialists. This helped her identify and explore new ways to address the environmental issues facing her community. In the future, Clare hopes to use her interest in science to research and develop new solutions to environmental problems.