by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Kilalio Photography

Skating Strong

student_leight1Discovery Hills resident Miranda Leight earns her star status both at school and on hockey skates. Miranda works hard as a fifth grade student at Discovery Elementary and as an athlete on the all-girls San Diego Jr. Gulls ice hockey team.

Miranda’s interest in ice hockey was piqued after watching a Los Angeles Kings hockey game on television. “My mom found out there was a free learn-to-play hockey lesson at Ice-Plex in Escondido,” Miranda explained. “So, I began learning to skate and play hockey.” Her first season, she found herself the youngest girl on the team at the age of nine. Today, she is in her second season with the all-girls Jr. Gulls team, the first all-girls youth hockey team in San Diego. Since its inception last year, the girls’ team has won multiple silver medals at tournaments.


Name: Miranda Leight (11)
School: Discovery Elementary
Grade: 5
Parents: Julie Leight,Tina Leight-Roades
Sibling: Cambria (4)
Favorite Place in 92078: Discovery Lake


student_leight2Miranda enjoys her time playing with the team but admits it’s not without its challenges. “The most rewarding part of hockey is probably seeing the smiling faces when I succeed and the friends I make on the team,” she acknowledged. “The most challenging part is probably learning new skills and to accept failure.” Miranda also had the opportunity to travel to Maryland for a girl’s hockey tournament. The side trip to Washington, D.C. and a tour of the capitol building was an extra bonus during their time off the ice.

At Discovery Elementary School, Miranda has been recognized several times as the Student of the Month. She is a part of the Tech Squad, helping teachers and other students with technology, and also serves as a mentor to her “little buddy” in a younger grade.

“The most rewarding part of hockey is probably seeing the smiling faces when I succeed and the friends I make on the team.”

Miranda also volunteers at the ice rink. Knowing how important the free learn-to-skate day was for her, Miranda now helps the younger kids learn to play during the free lessons. She is looking forward to playing hockey in college and has set her sights to play for the National Women’s Hockey League.

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