Curiosity and Working to Make an Impact Shape Ashley Lo’s Career Aspirations
Ashley Lo, a junior at Scripps Ranch High, is passionate about everything she’s involved in – especially when debating pressing issues. She’s a member of the Model United Nations Club at school and attends conferences where students represent international delegates. “We are assigned to committees that discuss topics such as child soldiers in armed conflict, human trafficking, the refugee crisis, and ethics of cloning,” said Ashley, who is also co-president of the school’s Mock Trial Club.
If she has a lot to say – and write – it’s because English and U.S. History are her favorite subjects. A journalism class is expanding her writing. “My school is absolutely amazing because of the teachers and faculty who are passionate about helping students succeed,” she said. Last year, she won a Rotary Club speech contest about the importance of supporting the creative and performing arts in schools.
Ashley is an aspiring attorney. UCLA is her first choice for college, she mentioned, “where students are encouraged to make a difference.” She credits her parents, “who lead by example and always work hard and stay positive.” Her brother is also an influence. Ashley added, “I started playing the piano at age five because my older brother played and I felt as if I had to do whatever he did.” She feels fortunate that piano wasn’t a passing phase. Playing tennis also puts her in the moment, outdoors.
“Scripps Ranch High is amazing because of the teachers and faculty who are passionate about helping students succeed.”
Giving back is heart-centered for Ashley. “Martin Luther King, Jr. inspires me because he used his voice to make a difference and did not fear punishment or judgment by others,” she explained. “That is the kind of impact I want to leave, and the kind of heart I want to have.” Ashley volunteers in the summer to help organize Multiple Sclerosis Society fundraising events. She’s a leader in youth Sunday school and in her church’s work for homeless youth in San Ysidro through Project Dream Blanket Drive. “I realized that young children who live a 30-minute drive away from my house do not have that security,” she said. It’s only natural that Ashley Lo will thrive in her pursuits. It’s from her heart, and it all started here in her beloved hometown and high school.
Name: Ashley Lo (16)
School: Scripps Ranch High School
Parents: Veronica and Kenneth Lo
Sibling: Kevin Lo (21)
Favorite 92131: Scripps Ranch Farmers Market