by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Loving Nature

student_wright2La Costa Meadows fifth grader Daniella Wright has a wide range of interests. From hiking and going to the beach with her parents to visiting aunts, uncles, grandma, and grandpa in Orange County, Daniella loves adventuring with her family. Paragliding in Catalina ranks as a top experience, and also riding horses, an activity she began by riding Arabians at three years of age.  “I really enjoyed my mom’s horse Lil’ Red,” she said. “I fed it carrots and beet pulps which occasionally he snorted out of his nostrils!”

Last year Daniella participated in Girls on the Run, preparing and practicing to do a 5K. She enjoyed the training and buddying with peers. “I liked running with the girls in our tutus at the 5K,” she shared. Running and hiking to experience nature has emerged as Daniella’s often-enjoyed activity. “Double Peaks is my favorite hiking spot because I love to have picnics on the big rocks and see critters go by.” She also hikes Ridgeline Trail in La Costa with her Yorkie. Other trail choices are Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad and Daley Ranch in Escondido. “I like to catch butterflies with my butterfly net and look for coyotes.” As far as ocean activities, boogie boarding with her dad ranks at the top.

Name: Daniella Wright
Grade: 5
Parents: John and Nancy Jo Wright
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Flippin’ Pizza, Menchies Yogurt, Ponto Beach, PetSmart Encinitas, and McArt Studio

student_wright3She also likes art camps. At one of her camps in MiraCosta College, Daniella enjoys cartooning, animation, and jewelry making. She enjoys expressing her talents with colored pencils. “I like to draw cats and Arctic wolves,” she explained. Cats are a big focus of her art and her life, for several reasons: “I like their different personalities,” Daniella smiled. “They are cute and fluffy.” She likes black cats because they bring good luck, and often visits PetSmart Encinitas to play with the cats and study their behavior. In her spare time, she also reads the Warriors series by Erin Hunter.

Daniella wants to be a graphic designer and study wild cats like tigers, lions, and pumas. “My lifelong dream is to go on a safari in Africa and photograph these wild animals.” It might surprise people to know Daniella is an only child, and she likes it. “I like being an only child because I don’t have a brother or sister to pester me,” she joked. Her Yorkie, horses, and most importantly, cats, have everything this student star could want.