Angelina Uriostegui, a Ramona High School junior, has been selected to represent the high school at the prestigious Girls’ State Convention this year. The honors student, athlete, and campus leader was nominated by teacher Robin Brainard.
“She is an intelligent, hard working and successful young woman,” said Brainard. “She is a leader, an outstanding teammate who leads by example and is dedicated to supporting others in their achievement of success. She is involved in many things, yet she still gets the job done for each and still maintains a solid GPA.”
She maintains a 4.14 grade point average (GPA) in her classes, which include Algebra 2/Trig Honors, Anatomy and Advanced Placement U.S. History. She also is incredibly involved on campus, always in a leadership role.
As a student reporter for the school’s weekly news program, RHSTV, she can be seen filming, interviewing and producing informational pieces around campus with her signature flair. She also has been a member of ASB (Associated Student Body) for three years. This year, as Student Board Representative, she attends the Ramona Unified School District Board meetings to report the happenings at RHS. She also is an actress and has been involved in drama for the past three years in a myriad of roles.
“Angelina is an amazing leader who does not allow obstacles to slow her path to success,” said ASB teacher Mona Snodgrass, who seconded Brainard’s nomination. “She is able to evaluate a situation and deal with maturity for a positive outcome. She has excellent communication and interpersonal skills and is aware of the audience she is speaking to. She is an excellent representative for Ramona High school and the youth of Ramona.”
Her achievements don’t stop there. She is also an athlete. She’s played water polo and softball since she was a freshman, and outside of school she is involved in Relay for Life through the American Cancer Society.
“The number one thing I love to do is get involved, and all the things that RHS has to offer helps me be able to do what I love,” she said.
Principal Tony Newman is excited to have such a stellar student representing Ramona High School.
“Angelina is the quintessential representative of RHS,” said Newman. “She is an extremely involved and dedicated student leader. She works very hard to excel in class while using any extra time she finds to participate in athletics, ASB, drama and serve as the RHS student board representative. No matter where or when you interact with Angelina, it is always a positive and uplifting exchange. She is upbeat and takes an optimistic approach to everything she does.”
This summer, Uriostegui will attend the weeklong Girls State conference at Claremont McKenna College in Los Angeles alongside representatives from all over California. While there, the girls will set up mock governments, have elections, attend seminars, and get the chance to really learn about themselves.
“I am so excited,” said Uriostegui. “When I heard about it, I went and looked it up online, researched it, and I really wanted to go. You learn so much and you get to bring it all back to your school.”
Uriostegui is on track to attend the college of her choice. She isn’t sure what her major will be yet, but she knows she wants to attend college in California and hopes it will be a University of California school. This way she will be close to her family, especially her mom, who she easily names as her hero.
“She is a single mom with eight kids total, seven living at home,” said Uriostegui. “She is super strong and a great role model. I want to be just like her. She has always made school number one. It’s definitely important and, together, we’ve really had to work for those A’s.”
Brainard echoes the sentiment of all Uriostegui’s teachers, and many of her peers, when she says, “She will represent RHS with pride and will make us proud of the job she will do at Girls State.”