BV’s Clase plans to light up the world
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When asked what she hopes to do in the future, Buckeye Valley senior Aubree Clase is quick with an answer.
“When I sing and dance, my world lights up,” said Aubree, who hopes to take her enjoyment of dance to Broadway.
The dance captain of the show choir at Buckeye Valley, Aubree has been in both the thespian and drama clubs for the past four years and has been in seven musicals plus two high school plays in addition to being in show choir. The talented senior also has performed in six productions in community theatre in Marion.
“Marion gets me away from everyday life to a different environment,” she said.
Aubree spends much her spare time improving her art. She has taken tap dance classes for more than a year now, and is in her second year of voice lessons. With a background in gymnastics, Aubree also showcases these talents as a cheerleading for both the football and basketball teams.
“I’ve danced and sung since I was able to walk and talk,” she said grinning.
But the busy high school senior’s list of activities do not stop there. She is also a member of Young Life, student council, Teen Institute and the Red Cross Club.
She’s also willing to do things to expand her comfort zone. For example, to get out of her own world, Aubree also does stats for the school’s wrestling team.
I’m not afraid to go out on my own,” she said. “I love doing wrestling stats. I love math. It takes me away to my own place.”
As a 4-H member for the past 10 years, Aubree shines in another unexpected area — showing hogs.
Aubree began with showing rabbits and hogs for the first three years of 4-H.
“It’s something I grew up with so I love it. I will miss it dearly,” she said, adding that she takes showing seriously.
That attitude has paid off and Aubree has the awards to prove it, including grand champion gilt and reserve champion medium weight gilt titles.
Looking ahead, Aubree has already committed to Bowling Green State University. She has a Dec. 2 audition coming up with the music theatre school. She plans to major in musical theater with a minor in either psychology or photography. But theater, and Broadway in-particular, is her dream.
Psychology is an area that is important to Aubree: she considered counseling those with eating disorders after battling and overcoming her own eating disorder. Aubree said her eating disorder was diagnosed when she was in middle school. She explained that she did not eat on purpose. Running track – a lot – it got to the point where she was just not hungry.
As her condition worsened, her body mass index eventually fell to 12.5. A 12 can be fatal, she said.
Ultimately, her parents took action and she was hospitalized for six weeks.
“It was an odd experience,” she said. “There were worse cases. There were no windows at first.”
Her parents stayed at a hotel at the out-of-state facility the entire time. After the treatment, she created bracelets that she sells with the profits going to the facility to help others.
Aubree said her parents were not the type to hide the problem. Everyone knew, she said. With the entire family open about it, she said it was a “great, but terrible experience. I would help anyone through it. I made friends, but I lost a couple, too,” she said.
“I don’t regret my parents telling, being open. If I was in a bubble with my parents, I would have died,” Aubree said. She smiled remembering that she received the most cards of anyone while at the treatment center — nearly 300.
Aubree and her father now speak publicly about the experience at speaking engagements, in hopes that others with similar problems will seek help, she said.
“It’s easy now for me to look forward. I’ve been undiagnosed for six years now,” she said. “It made me stronger, more outgoing. I used to be shy, a tomboy. It brought me out of my shell.”
Being a senior is “definitely a lot different,” Aubree said. She said it is hard to envision herself in this position as it felt like just yesterday that she was saying goodbye to all the senior cheerleaders. Now she is the senior.
Academically, Aubree excels. She is taking all honors classes this year and is getting all A’s, she said.
“I guess the whole growing up stage just kicked in. My junior year was more stressful. This year, I’m staying focused, organized,” she said.
Looking forward to her future, Aubree hopes to study abroad, intern with Disney, then hopefully work on a cruise ship and eventually Broadway.
“A lot of people just say ‘Oh’ when I say I am going into musical theater. But I’m not going to stop. I’m going for the highest point,” she said.
Aubree is the daughter of Hal and Angela Clase of Radnor.