by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Tackling The Real World

Rancho Buena Vista High School student Alyssa Maloney is diving headfirst into the future. She is the founder and president of the Adulting Club, a group that helps students prepare for life after high school. “The goal of the Adulting Club is to learn practical life skills needed for adulthood, like changing a tire, using a sewing machine, paying taxes, and buying a car,” stated Alyssa. She and the other club members are becoming more confident and capable as they approach the end of high school and the beginning of adulthood.

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Name: Alyssa “AJ” Maloney
School: Rancho Buena Vista High School
Parents: Daniel and Shellee Maloney
Hobbies & Interests: Hanging out at the beach, eating sushi, playing volleyball, watching basketball games, getting coffee with friends, acting, spending time with my mom
Favorite Places in Vista: Moonlight Amphitheatre, Starbucks, Yellow Deli, Urbn Pizza


Alyssa is also actively involved with PLUS and Best Buddies. PLUS is a student-run program that tackles social issues on campus such as bullying, disrespect, racism, and sexism. “We hold forums where students come to realize that our diversity is one of the greatest unifying factors when it comes to creating a positive campus environment,” revealed Alyssa. Best Buddies is an organization designed so that students can make lifelong friendships with special needs students. “I joined Best Buddies as a sophomore, and it has changed my life. I’ve been truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization during my high school career,” said Alyssa.

Basketball is another passion of Alyssa’s, and she is the statistician for the RBV varsity basketball team. “In sixth grade, I learned how to record basketball stats so that I could support my best friend on her basketball team. Soon this hobby turned into a very special part of my life,” stated Alyssa.

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“The goal of the Adulting Club is to learn practical life skills needed for adulthood, from changing a tire, using a sewing machine, paying taxes, and buying a car.”

In looking to the future, Alyssa plans to attend a four-year university and study history. She hopes to be a history professor, a dream that she believes is due in no small part to her hometown. “Living in Vista has allowed me to receive a wonderful education, which is what I enjoy and cherish most about where I live. I’ve always been blessed with the greatest teachers. They’ve been great mentors and role models for me and have inspired me to pursue a career in education,” related Alyssa. This academic year, Alyssa serves on the Vista Unified School District School Board, and she’s seeing first-hand the effort that goes into making sure all students have the best learning environment possible. As Alyssa heads out into the “real world,” one thing is certain – her leadership skills and passion for teaching others will help her achieve her dreams.