by LINDA FRABL | photos by Alan Smith Photography

Leading the Way

student_wigley2Amy Wigley, a freshman at Rancho Bernardo High School, has only lived in the Poway Royal Estates community for a year, but has already made an impact. She not only runs with her JV cross country team and sings in the Advanced Women’s Ensemble, but is also perfecting her leadership skills. Her eighth grade leadership teacher even nominated her to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, which was held in July in Washington, D.C. and is considered the premier leadership development program for middle school students.

Attending the week-long conference was incredibly awe-inspiring for Amy. She exclaimed, “I had the most amazing experience, and the Junior National Young Leaders Conference changed me into being a better person. Our small-group time was definitely one of the best parts of the trip, where we were challenged to take on big leadership roles to the best of our ability, and make decisions that were very hard to make.”

“I love helping out and being a leader.”

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Name: Amy Wigley (14)
School: Rancho Bernardo High School
Grade: 9
Parents: Peter and Shona Wigley
Siblings: David (7) and Caitlin (16)
Favorite Local Spot: Lake Poway


student_wigley4Putting her civic-minded thoughtfulness to good use, Amy works towards improving her local community. To date, Amy has done beach and park cleanups, volunteered at the Feeding America food banks, filled up care boxes for the homeless, and gift-wrapped Christmas presents for impoverished children. Happy with the opportunities, Amy said, “I love helping out and being a leader.”

Amy is especially grateful for her high school, admitting, “I love the motivation I receive from my teachers and how they all care.” Her favorite subject is math, and Amy added, “Math is my strength, and it gives me a chance to go on my own and use what I know.” Amy hopes to eventually get her master’s degree in education and become an elementary school teacher.

Realizing that it takes a village to create change for the better, Amy wants to give shout-outs to those who have assisted her in her successful path. She commented, “I would like to thank Adrienne Wells Homes Foundation, Jean Loo Russo with Elizabeth Hospice and many family and friends for helping me attend the conference. A special thank you goes to my parents, my leadership teacher, Mr. David Herrick, Jon Shea of Shea Realty, and Marc Nimetz of Farmers Insurance for being my mentors and continuously supporting me with everything I do.”