Clarissa Pavao wants to educate others and promote patriotism during her term as president of the local chapter of the Children of the American Revolution.
Clarissa, a sophomore at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese, has been involved in the CAR for only about six months, but she is excited about helping the chapter grow and teaching younger children about history.
“I always try to support veterans and help people understand what we people did for (us) and appreciate what America is now,” Clarissa said. “I want to help younger kids learn more about their history.”
Her mother, Kim Pavao, is active in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Kim has four Patriots connected to her family. She choose an ancestor on her father’s side — Pfc. David Kingsley in the Revolutionary Army — to be her Patriot for the DAR. And for Clarissa to be in the CAR, they just had to prove they were related.
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Kim and Clarissa both like “old things” and going antiquing, especially in Kimmswick, Mo.
In the fall, the local CAR, which has 22 members, donated books to the library at Scott Air Force Base. The books were in a series called Primary Sources of American Symbols by Jennifer Silate. Primary Sources means that all the books show original manuscripts or drawings while conveying the history of the subject.
“We try to educate people and promote patriotism,” Clarissa said by hosting more events and fundraisers.
A DAR and CAR fundraiser is slated to be held at McAlister’s Deli in Shiloh from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 7.
Her mother said, “People don’t think about their lineage.”
It really helps support patriotism, because not a lot of people think about how America came to be...It’s important to know your past.
Clarissa Pavao, president of the local chapter of the Children of the American Revolution
CAR is open to children ages 1 to 22.
“It really helps support patriotism,” Clarissa said, “because not a lot of people think about how America came to be. ... It’s important to know your past.”
Clarissa, 15, is also involved in ballet and dances in the Belleville School of Ballet’s “Nutcracker” every year at the Scottish Rite Temple in Belleville. “I love just the recitals,” she said. “I love rehearsing.” She performs in the spring and summer ballet recitals as well.
She also plays the harp.
“I brought it home one day,” Kim said. “I thought it would look great in the living room.”
That was enough to spark Clarissa’s interest and she began taking lessons. She also knows how to play a classical harp, which is more difficult since it has pedals.
Clarissa attended grade school at St. Teresa Catholic School in Belleville and St. Clare Catholic School in O’Fallon. She was home schooled her sixth-grade year to accommodate the practice time she needed to put in to compete at a national harp competition.
She is working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the top award given by the organization.
Clarissa aspires to be a medical doctor. However, she has “no idea” what college she wants to attend.
Clarissa’s father, Januario, is a veteran and a Portuguese immigrant, and she has two older siblings: Kirra and Melissa.
Q: Whom do you most admire?
A: “I admire my mom. I wish I was as smart as her.”
Q: If you could spend time with a famous person — past or present — who would it be and why?
A: “Johnny Depp or Tim Burton — I want to know how he comes up with these stories.”
Q: What is the last book you read?
A: “The Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter. ‘A Separate Peace,’ ‘The Great Gasby’ and ‘Crime and Punishment’ (all for school).”
Q: What do you do for fun and relaxation?
A: “I love shopping. I really like just staying home and finishing a book in a day. I like to cook.”
Q: What’s the usual state of your desktop?
A: “I like to keep it clean.”
Q: What is your most outstanding characteristic?
A: “I’m musically talented. I love learning new instruments. I think it’s easy to pick up an instrument and just play it.”
Q: What irritates you most?
A: “People that try to be mean. I hate judgmental people.”
Q: What type of music do you listen to?
A: “I like a mixture. I like Indie pop and today’s hits. I love Broadway musicals.”
Q: If you were independently wealthy, what would you be doing?
A: “I want to go to Italy, Rome or Greece and see all the beautiful old churches.”
Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you have with you?
A: “Clean underwear, water, toothbrush, hairbrush and changes of clothes.”