by LORI LUM

Sophie Stevens’ eyes sparkle and her smile is bright.

The energetic 7-year-old 2nd grader lives with her family in the Americana neighborhood of Scripps Ranch, where she enjoys her friendly neighbors, the great schools, sports activities, and close proximity to so many parks.

One of Stevens’ favorite hobbies is playing sport – all sports.  She has played soccer for two years in the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club, and she also plays 8U girls fast pitch softball on the Blue Dolphins team.  She has played with the Scripps Ranch Softball Association since she was 5 years old.  Her dad is the head coach, so it is an activity they can enjoy together.  She also enjoys tae kwon do, which she has studied since fall 2010 at ATA Black Belt Academy under the instruction of Master Moon, who is a 7th degree black belt.  So far, she has earned her yellow belt, and she participates in the Black Belt Club at the studio as well.

As if all those sports weren’t enough to keep her busy, the vivacious Stevens also participates in Girl Scouts with her Brownie Troop (#8376).  Her two troop leaders, Val Harris and Dee Siefert keep the girls busy with all sorts of fun activities.

Currently, Stevens attends Dingeman Elementary, where her teacher is Sara Church.  She really enjoys her school because there are so many wonderful teachers who love what they do and care for their students, she said. “Mrs. Church is a great teacher and teaches us a lot of fun things,” Stevens said.  “She is very kind.”

Stevens also noted that there is a lot of parent support, which makes the school a nice place to be.  Her favorite subject is math, and she can’t wait to learn more about multiplication.

Stevens and younger brother Luke, 5, are the children of Greg and Julie Stevens, who have lived in the community for 13 years.   When she is not busy with school, sports, or other activities, she enjoys playing with her Lego sets, playing Wii, and spending time with her family.  “I love to play Legos with my brother and wrestle with him,” she said.  “What I like most about my brother is that he is nice to me.”

The family also has a 2-year-old Golden Retriever named Ellie – and on warm days, they all enjoy taking Ellie to Coronado’s dog beach.

Close family ties inspire Stevens, and she appreciates the variety of things her mom and dad do for her every day.  She hopes to one day cook like mom, work with wood like dad and be as kind as her Grandma Doerr.  Career-wise, she thinks she might like to become and engineer because of her love of building.


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