Homecoming 2019 Prince Jaden Clark

From solving problems in advanced math and physics classes, to running for the CHS cross-country and track teams, to observing reptiles in their natural habitat, Jaden Clark does it all. The five-foot-nine, brown-haired senior is not your typical Homecoming King nominee: his list of extracurriculars is almost too long to count. He is a member of the Common Good Tutors Club, an Assistant Editor-in-Chief on the Wolfpacket, president of the Nature and Wildlife Club (which he recommends that everyone join), as well as a research assistant at Harvey Mudd College. It is impressive that Clark even has time to show up for school, not to mention to be chosen for Homecoming Court. But his extensive resume makes sense when he explains his long-term goals. He hopes to get a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and become a professor at a large research university, where he will transform his lifelong love of observing animals into a career.

“I think it would be cool to do research on animals from an engineering perspective… studying how animals move, how they leverage different parts of their morphology to move effectively,” Clark said. 

While his future goals are ambitious, and quite specific, his goals for CHS Homecoming Court are more modest.

“To be completely honest, I don’t really want to be king,” Clark said. 

Until now, Clark has not been a regular at school dances, with last year’s prom being the only one he has attended. However, for his senior year, Clark has vowed to show his school spirit, and he will be on the dance floor until June of 2020. 

Clark’s favorite memories from CHS are of all the great people he’s met during his time here.

“I’ve made a lot of good friends over the past few years, I’ve found that even people I wouldn’t expect to interact with, I’ve enjoyed spending time with,” Clark said.

He would like to shout out to: everyone on cross-country and the Nature and Wildlife Club, F2G, and Jack, Will, his court partner Okjoo, James, and the 2019 Toronto Raptors.

So, while Jaden may not be a fan of dances, Homecoming 2019 just may be his breakout performance. Hopefully he can calculate the trajectory from the floor up to the podium.