by LINDA FRABL | photos by Alex Williams Photography

Diverse Interests

student_reilly4Chelsea Reilly, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Bernardo Heights Middle School, has lived in Poway for the past seven years, and she appreciates the diverse community. Her mother hails from Japan and her father is originally from Ireland, so Chelsea has an appreciation for unique traditions and customs. She elaborated, “I like the variety of cultures here, especially how they mix together at school to create a diverse environment.”

Her consideration and understanding of others are in line with her goal to one day become a psychologist. She explained, “I want to help people deal with their feelings and their thoughts.” For her upcoming school year, Chelsea will get to directly help others through her leadership role mentoring new students in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program, a college-readiness nonprofit organization. Chelsea benefited from the program herself, revealing, “I really like AVID because it taught me great study skills.” In fact, Chelsea is a straight-A student who has consistently made the honor roll throughout all of her middle school years.

“I want to help people deal with their feelings and their thoughts.”


Name: Chelsea Midori Reilly (13)
School: Bernardo Heights Middle School
Grade: 8
Parents: Masae and Philip Reilly
Siblings: Courtney (10) and Connor (8)
Favorite Place in 92064: My home

student_reilly2At school, Chelsea’s favorite subject is math, because it is very clear-cut and practical. “I do love how straightforward math is,” she said. She is also involved in her school news club. “I joined the news club to make new friends, which I did!”

In her free time, Chelsea enjoys the sport of lacrosse, and made the All-Star team for the middle school recreational lacrosse league in San Diego. Now she plays on the varsity team for her local lacrosse club, Quad Cities Lacrosse. “I started playing lacrosse to get fit, and over time I became really attached to playing!” she added. She also enjoys some quieter pastimes, and poring over books is another passion of hers. Her favorites include the Harry Potter series, the Divergent series, and the Hunger Games trilogy. Chelsea gushed, “I really love to read!”

With her wide-ranging interests, Chelsea’s innate qualities of acceptance and helpfulness will undoubtedly allow her to flourish in school and beyond.