by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Leading the Way

For Maggie Ross, embarking on a new journey as a college freshman at the University of California, Davis was exciting and a little bittersweet. “I am excited to pursue my goals and meet new people. Davis has such an accepting and amazing atmosphere, allowing me to feel at home while trying not to miss Vista, my family, and my friends too much,” related Maggie.


As ASB president at Rancho Buena Vista High School (RBV), Maggie truly made the most of her high school experience. She oversaw all ASB activities and events, including dances and football games. “Attending all the events was always so much fun and I wouldn’t trade those times for anything. High school was a great way to become more comfortable with myself while creating relationships and gaining an education,” revealed Maggie. In addition to her duties as ASB president, Maggie was also involved in PTSA and Best Buddies and served as captain of the varsity volleyball and basketball teams. “Best Buddies was one of the most fulfilling organizations to be a part of, and I highly recommend that students become involved if they can. Also, being an athlete was a huge part of my high school experience. Sports have definitely helped to make me the leader and friend that I am today,” said Maggie.

Name: Maggie Ross
School: RBVHS & UC Davis
Hobbies & Interests: Volleyball, the beach, reading, card and board games
Favorite Places in Vista: Brengle Terrace, Peppertree, RBVHS, Urbn Pizza, Vista Library, my house

Prior to beginning her freshman year at UC Davis, Maggie received several scholarships and awards for her dedication and hard work as a leader at RBV, including scholarships from The Woman’s Club of Vista and the Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders. She was also awarded the Vista Optimist Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. According to Maggie, she is honored to have received awards from such prestigious organizations.


Throughout her high school career, Maggie thoroughly enjoyed spending quality time with her friends and family and could often be found relaxing at the beach. Although Maggie misses her hometown, as well as cherished family and friends, she is excited about the new opportunities offered at UC Davis. “I’m not exactly sure yet what I want to do after I graduate, but with my biomedical engineering major, I know I will be able to help improve and save lives. It is my goal to positively impact research and knowledge in my field,” stated this outstanding student leader.