Distinguished Alumni 2018
Shara (Clevenger) Brice
Shara Clevenger Brice was born in Houston, Texas, and started attending Ray-Pec Schools in 7th grade. Shara served as a class officer (treasurer, then president) all four years of high school. She was editor-in-chief of The Panther Times, and student correspondent to the Southland Star. A charter member of the Missouri Teen Institute, Shara led initiatives such as SADD, Natural Helpers, and HART. She was an inaugural member of the 1985 Missouri Scholars Academy, and attended Girls State in 1986. As a student, Shara led initiatives which resulted in weighted classes and Project Graduation being introduced to Ray-Pec.
With her sister, Alisa Clevenger Quest, she founded CheerBringers of America in 1984, and the Foxwood Springs Intergenerational Academy in 1989. Shara received the Class of 1987 RP Principal’s Award.
Shara graduated Summa Cum Laude from William Jewell College in 1991, and was honored as America’s Top 20 “All-USA Academic Team” by USA Today in 1991. She was awarded Missouri’s Outstanding Pledge, by Delta Zeta sorority in 1988, and received the 1990 Florence Hood Miner award for outstanding philanthropic leadership. Shara earned her graduate degree at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, where she was the recipient of the Arthur Mag Fellowship. The Missouri Jaycee’s selected Shara as the Missouri Citizen of the Year in 1991.
Shara married Rev. Jonathan Brice and moved to England in 1992. She developed the Epping Forest Council for Voluntary Service to support 700 voluntary organizations, and was honored with the British Home Office “Make a Difference” Award in 1995. Shara founded Ascension Eagles in 1996, the London Cheerleading Academy in 2002, and Talent Central UK in 2010. Today, these London-based leadership charities continue to serve over 1,000 youth per month.
Shara’s community development work earned her the title of MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 2005, when she was just 36 years old. This honor from Her Majesty the Queen is rarely bestowed upon non-Nationals. Shara was named 2009 “Citizen of the Year” by the London Borough of Newham, and the 2010 “Woman of the Year” for the United Kingdom. She was selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the London 2012 Games. The Ascension Eagles provided performers for Olympic 2012 basketball and volleyball events.
In 2011, Shara’s family relocated to the States when her husband accepted the calling of Rector to Christ Episcopal Church in Aspen, Colo. Since 2012, Shara has served Colorado’s Chapter Leader for Our Community Listens (OCL). OCL is fostering a society where care and compassion rise above indifference and prejudice, person by person, community by community. In six years, Shara’s OCL Chapter has delivered 85 classes to 1500+ inspirational leaders.
Shara and Jonathan Brice recently celebrated 26 years of marriage and ministry. Their daughter, Crichelle, is a 2017 graduate of Texas Christian University. She is pursuing graduate studies in Medical Anthropology. Their son Joel is a senior soccer player at William Jewell College. Shara’s parents, Cla and Eloise Clevenger, still reside in Kansas City and are regular supporters at Ray-Pec volleyball and soccer games.