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Sophie Clarke in Willsboro tonight

The survivor.  Willsboro’s Sophie Clarke was the winner of the CBS Television reality competition, “Survivor,” after a jury of fellow competitors voted her the champion during the Dec. 18 season finale. Clarke won $1,000,000 as the victor in the shows 23rd season.

The survivor. Willsboro’s Sophie Clarke was the winner of the CBS Television reality competition, “Survivor,” after a jury of fellow competitors voted her the champion during the Dec. 18 season finale. Clarke won $1,000,000 as the victor in the shows 23rd season. Photo provided CBS

—  “Survivor” champion and hometown hero Sophie Clarke will make her first public appearance in the region at her alma mater.

Clarke will be at the Willsboro Central School on Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“I reached out to Sophie and asked her if she would be willing to come in,” School Superintendent Stephen Broadwell said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to come and hear her story and ask the questions that they want to know the answers to.”

Broadwell said that the majority of the hallway and, in some cases, classroom conversation has centered around the 2007 graduate’s exploits after being named the winner of the CBS Television show “Survivor: South Pacific” Dec. 18.

“It has been abuzz and it has been fun,” Broadwell said. “The day after the finale, the kids were just so excited and talking about it in the elementary and high school wings. The teachers were all happy for her.”

Broadwell said that he is pleased that Clarke said yes to the request and is looking forward to the evening.

“This has been a great thing for the school and a great thing for this town,” he said.

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