A career in veterinary medicine and/or research awaits a young Corraleña who reigned as New Mexico’s “Miss Rodeo Teen 2017.” Clara Maxam’s interests led to a summer project with Los Alamos National Laboratories studying the effects of the lab’s work on wildlife in the area. That was during her first year at New Mexico State University, from which she recently graduated with concentrations in animal sciences, chemistry and horse management.
In subsequent NMSU years, she was a paid research assistant, which led to a Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholarship for gifted students in biomedical sciences. Maxam is now enrolled in Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, Washington.
Her career has included an internship at a wildlife sanctuary in Ecuador, as well as a presenter-delegate spot at the Women in Economics Forum in New Delhi, India. As president of NMSU’s pre-vet club, she facilitated members’ visits to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. Maxam graduated from Sandia Preparatory School in 2016. She is the daughter of Garth and Barb Maxam of Applewood Road.