Chiara Blake
Central Coast Region
Chapter 261 – Antioch High School
Adviser Carolyn Moe

Chiara Blake is a student at Antioch High School, where she is currently the president of her CSF Chapter, and has been involved in CSF as the Coordinator of College Preparation Seminars and the Warm for the Holidays Food and Toy Drive. In CSF she has also participated in the Panther Pantry Food Drive, the Club Carnival, and Black History Month Awareness. Chiara is an intern for the Earth Team at Antioch High School, Upward Bound TRiO Program at UC San Francisco, and the Biotechnology Academy Biotechnology Partners Program. She is on the varsity volleyball team, and has been employed as an assistant volleyball coach with the Uncommon Synergy Volleyball Club. Chiara has worked as a math & science tutor, and as an apprentice at the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. Her recognitions include a United States Senate Certificate of Commendation, a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, and the Volleyball Scholar-Athlete Coaches Award.

Carolyn Moe, Antioch High School’s CSF Adviser, explains Chiara’s expectations of herself are exemplified in her schoolwork, personal outlooks and extracurricular activities. “Her work, in and out of class, is reflective of her work ethic. She makes every effort to go above and beyond what is required of any task. The results of her efforts are mature, thoughtful and perceptive. Chiara models respect towards others by being honest and true to herself.”

Glenda Biden’s, Deputy Director TRiO Upward Bound wrote in her letter of recommendation for Chiara, “Chiara has held various leadership positions in our organization…all of which she has embodied with distinction, maturity, and precision. Her academic curiosity coupled with her strong organizational skills have resulted in her completing multiple academic, familial, and personal projects simultaneously….[Chiara] has an entrepreneurial spirit, prioritizes her priorities, and remembers to help others in need.” I

n her personal statement Chiara explains how her mother instilled in her the belief that she needs to work toward her dreams, push self-doubt aside, and always look for opportunities to grow. Chiara says, “I plan to give back to my community by providing opportunities for students…who are part of low-income, underrepresented, minority communities, enhancing their chances of success and their ability to excel in their future endeavors. This is something I hold dear to my heart.”

Chiara hopes to attend either Columbia University or Boston University, to study neuroscience or marine biology.