by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Young Leader

student_newman4Each year on her birthday, Alison Newman does not ask for gifts for herself. Instead, this kind-hearted sixth grader asks for pajamas for foster children. This is just one example of how she focuses on giving back and helping others. “My mom and I are really involved with the City of Hope Together 4 Hope walk. We ride our bikes alongside walkers and cheer them on as they walk 40 miles in two days. I love encouraging others and giving back,” stated Alison, who has also been a Girl Scout for more than six years.

In addition to her commitment to volunteerism, Alison is a student leader. She was nominated by her elementary school principal for Envisions Leadership-Pathway to STEM and the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. “In fifth grade, I also was mayor for the day when my class participated in Junior Achievement’s Biztown program,” revealed Alison. She hopes to continue her leadership role at Meadowbrook Academy. As a new sixth grader, Alison enjoys having multiple teachers and learning new subjects in many different ways. Currently, her favorite subjects are math and writing. “Math is everywhere! It is so fun to work with numbers. Also, I love writing because when I sit down to write, my ideas just flow out. My favorite writing styles are opinion and informative writing,” said Alison.

Name: Alison Newman (11)
School: Meadowbrook Academy
Grade: 6
Parent: Joy Newman
Favorite Place in 92064: Aubrey softball fields


When not volunteering or on the Meadowbrook campus, Alison can be found practicing and playing softball. According to Alison, although she wasn’t sure about the sport at first, she has fallen in love with it. “I enjoy being with my friends and learning and growing every day,” she related. Her favorite position to play on her softball team is catcher.

“I love encouraging others and giving back.”

Looking to the future, Alison has set very high goals for herself. She hopes to play softball in college and work in politics after she graduates. “I would love to be President of the United States or be a state representative when I grow up,” she said, citing her inspiration by strong women throughout history. “I am also inspired by my uncle, who struggled with learning because of issues with his eyes when he was growing up. He never gave up, and now he is superintendent of Alpine schools,” said Alison with pride.