Cape Brothers Tres and Brandon Clarke Epitomize #CapeProud
Tres Clarke graduated from Cape Henlopen High School in 2000. While at Cape, Tres participated in many plays and musical throughout his high school career under the direction of Mrs. King and Mrs. Thompson. He was selected as a candidate for Governor’s School his junior year and joined the Lacrosse team. He played in Jazz Band all four years thanks to Mr. Eli and was a drum major his senior year.
Tres knew early on that he wanted to be a veterinarian. He chose to attend Delaware Valley College and graduated in four years in 2004. He then attended Ross Veterinary School and earned an additional degree in 2008.
But Tres was not done with his education after obtaining two degrees; he completed North Carolina State University Veterinary Residency for Exotic and Aquatic Animals in 2011. Following this he worked as a Veterinarian for Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, LA.
Tres currently is employed in his dream position at Sea World in San Diego, California. A high point for Tres was when the Jurassic Park movie crew came to New Orleans for consultation from Tres. In turn, Tres had 3 cameo roles in the movie.
Tres is also involved with several other organizations like OCEARCH, which does shark research, NOAA, a government environmental research group where he does health assessments on dolphins for “Deep Water Horizon” oil spills in the gulf of Mexico, and he works with the Marine Mammal Center in California rehabilitating sea lions and seals.
Most recently, Tres became the first African American to become a diplomat of the American College of Zoological Medicine.
Tres’ younger brother, Brandon Clarke had no problem following such large footsteps. Brandon graduated from Cape in 2004.
While at Cape, Brandon was also in the Jazz Band and voted band president his senior year. He played soccer and was well liked by his peers. He was named an MVP Soccer player by Mr. Meyers, the soccer coach.
He also was elected Prom King during his Senior year and was crowned by “Fred Man.”
Following graduation, Brandon attended Hampton University and graduated in 2009 with a Masters Degree in Architecture.
Similarly to his brother, he wasn’t done with his educational career with one Masters Degree. Brandon attended and graduated from Auburn University in 2012 earning a Masters Degree in Construction and Design.
Brandon immediately launched a successful career as an architect. He currently is employed by a top architectural firm in Miami, FL, and is married with two young sons.
The Clarke brothers are still connected to Cape, as their mother is Renee Kenner, a 6th grade science teacher at Beacon Middle School.
Both of the Clarke brothers are shining examples of the type of students that we educate at Cape. The Clarkes certainly make all of us as a community “Cape Proud”.
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