by LINDA FRABL | photo by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Always Sunny

family_lupica2The Lupica family members are all proud to be lifelong Vista residents. Parents Joe and Melanie met while students at Rancho Buena Vista High School, because their lockers were next to each other. In college they started dating, and they got engaged while both were studying abroad in Paris after graduation. Joe has his MBA from UC Irvine, and Melanie has her MA in Education from SDSU. Now they have three children – Emma, Jillian, and Bennett – and are pleased to raise their family in Vista.

As a kindergarten teacher at Pacific Rim Elementary, Melanie cherishes having a positive effect on the youngest members of her community. She even started up a club at the school, Waveriders Care, which provides students with such volunteering opportunities as caroling and gift giving at the senior living centers, and packaging lunches for Fill-A-Belly, a local organization that serves the homeless.

For all her hard work, Melanie was named Teacher of the Year for 2016 by the school’s staff. She revealed, “I feel humbled that they would select me for this honor. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching children to read; being able to give someone that lifelong gift is so rewarding.”

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Parents: Joe and Melanie Lupica
Children: Emma (14), Jillian (10), and Bennett (5)
Community: Vista
Hometown: Vista
Occupations: Joe – marketing consultant; Melanie – kindergarten teacher
Pet: A Great Dane named Ashworth (1)
Favorite Places in Vista: The Wave Waterpark, Cinépolis, Brengle Terrace Park, Yum Yum Donuts, Urbn Pizza, San Luis River Bike Trail, Pepper Tree Frosty, and our house!


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Joe, a VP of Marketing, lends his support to his community by coaching his children’s soccer teams over the years. Discussing the family’s active pursuits, he exclaimed, “We all love to play sports: soccer, softball, volleyball, and more. We also love the great outdoors: camping, bike riding, swimming, and the beach.”

family_lupica6The various activities the Lupica children engage in are many. Emma is into both beach and indoor volleyball and is on the JV volleyball team at Carlsbad High School. She also plays water polo. Jillian does jazz, hip-hop, and gymnastics, as well as acting and glee club singing. Bennett plays soccer and will soon be signing up for basketball and flag football. In addition, Emma was a WEB leader at her middle school and helped the sixth graders adjust, and Jillian and Bennett are both involved in Waveriders Care.

The Lupica parents can’t stop raving about their hometown. Joe commented, “I love the weather! When it’s overcast on the coast, it’s always sunny in Vista.” Melanie added, “We are very excited about the downtown redevelopment. But perhaps the thing I love most about Vista is the down-to-earth, cool people who live here.”