Senior Elizabeth Clayton is known by many as a smart, insightful, and passionate young woman. She is highly involved in school and is fully dedicated to a wide variety of activities. Clayton loves learning, theater and music; she enjoys surrounding herself with nature and is a part of the Outdoor Ed program as a TA at LFHS as well as a member of the choir, Madrigals and the school musical. The LFHS chapter of the International Thespian Society is spearheaded by this well-rounded senior as well.
Aside from her extracurricular involvement, Clayton is interested in humanities as well as her religion. At Christ Church Elizabeth sings and helps teach the younger children about the importance of their faith. It is therefore no surprise that Elizabeth hopes to continue her passion of teaching others about something that resonates so strongly with her. While seniors hear back from colleges across the United States, Elizabeth Clayton has her sights set across the pond; Clayton plans to attend the prestigious Oxford University in Oxford, England and will be majoring in Theology with the hopes of eventually becoming a professor herself. Although she comes across as somewhat serious, it does not take long in talking to Elizabeth to realize the passion she has for the things that are most important to her. It is evident how dedicated Elizabeth is and it is awe-inspiring to see someone so devoted and enthusiastic to such an interesting and abstract topic.
Camille Valenticic, a close friend of Elizabeth, commented regarding her commitment. “I admire her dedication and hard work that she’s put in, really emanating what she plans to study and making it a part of her life.” It is not easy for someone to be so well-rounded and also as committed as Clayton is to her endeavors.
Theology is not a common major for most high schoolers, but Elizabeth has always been drawn to the study of religion. Her father has a pHD in Old testament and she has always enjoyed learning about religion.
Applying to international schools is not a prevalent path for most, but the theology programs in the United States left something to be desired for the ambitious Elizabeth Clayton. After the suggestion was brought up to look outside the states by her mother, Elizabeth started looking at schools like Oxford. The schools in Europe, where the tutorial system provides students with a much more personalized experience, were exactly what she was looking for. During the week she will do her own research and explore topics on her own in a constructive manner, and then meet with a professor in a one-on-one setting where she will gain a deeper understanding of the material she works with. This is ideal for a theology major and will allow her to gain a deeper and more personal understanding of the subject.
Under this system, Elizabeth will be able to study what she finds most interesting and will jump straight into theology. She is currently taking AP research where she is doing her own biblical research, which she says is a small taste of what her time at Oxford will be like and she is looking forward to those opportunities.
Getting accepted into Oxford was no easy task. Elizabeth had to apply via the UCAS rather than the Common App and eventually had to interview with a theology professor after being flown over to England. Although being the only American there for an interview was slightly intimidating Elizabeth was in her element during the interview and had a great opportunity to express her passion for the subject with someone who shared that passion. Mr. Wanninger, her English teacher and director, says that Elizabeth has always displayed a true intellectual curiosity that has propelled her forward. She has a very bright future ahead of her and we are all looking forward to seeing what she will accomplish in the coming years.