by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Being Her Best Self

student_clifford1San Elijo Hills resident Emily Clifford was in the first kindergarten class to enter when San Elijo Elementary opened in 2006, and the schools there, plus other elements of the community, have helped her grow and become the stellar citizen she is today. Recently crowned Miss Teenage California, Emily was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to the college of her choice. Mayor Desmond and the San Marcos City Council recognized her for her achievements, even granting Emily her very own day. “June 14 is Emily Clifford Day!” she smiled. “As Miss Teenage California I have the opportunity to visit elementary schools and Girl Scout troops to teach about anti-bullying as part of the Crown Cares Campaign.” Emily continued, “I loved going back to my old school, San Elijo Elementary School, and just recently I talked to the kids at the new Double Peak School where my younger brother attends.”


Name: Emily Clifford (15)
School: San Marcos High School
Grade: 10
Parents: Chad and Michele Clifford
Siblings: Kate and Andrew Clifford


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Volunteering is a regular part of Emily’s life, one of her central interests being the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which helped her family stay close by her sister while she was recovering from open-heart surgery. “The RMHC mission is to provide a ‘home away from home’ for families with children being treated for life-threatening conditions at local hospitals,” Emily said. “When families are kept close, it helps sick kids recover faster.” She and her sister both work for RMHC, helping raise over $200,000 this year. “Giving back to the families at the Ronald McDonald House helps me show my gratitude for the kindness that was shown to my family,” she affirmed. She also volunteers at the Interfaith Food Kitchen, the Boys & Girls Club, Moonlight Amphitheatre and other charities like Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Solutions for Change. “This year I earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for serving 250-plus hours within a 12-month period.”

“I am constantly striving to be my best self,” she shared. “I hope to touch the lives of others and make a difference in my community and the world.”

At San Marcos High, Emily loves English and has been a part of the cheer team since she started. She plays the piano and flute, and hopes to attend BYU to study law. Inspired by her family, her friends, and her future, Emily lives by the motto ‘Cliffords Don’t Quit.’  “I am constantly striving to be my best self,” she shared. “I hope to touch the lives of others and make a difference in my community and the world.”

Emily Clifford has her own inspirations, but she’s also inspiring her whole community as our 92078 Student Star.

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