by LINDA FRABL | photos by Jessica Breaux

A True Leader

student_kabler2Leah Kabler is an eighth grader at San Elijo Middle School who truly cherishes her educational experience. She admitted, “My teachers inspire me every day to do better and to never give up.” She has not one, not two, but three favorite subjects: English, science, and history. As for the latter, Leah exclaimed, “I like history because it is interesting to learn about the past and see how it relates to our society today.”

The society Leah lives in today is definitely better because of her volunteerism. Her community service efforts include helping to run a Halloween party with the Elfin Forest Fire Department and planning an e-recycle event through her school’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. In addition, Leah is in the Leadership in Training (LIT) program at the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, where she lends assistance as needed. Leah stated, “I sweep up the classrooms, collect the ball bag, and bring in the clipboards.”

Her good deeds have earned Leah the coveted 2018 Junior Youth of the Year title, bestowed on her by the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos. Leah gushed, “The award means a lot because it indicates that when you do the right thing it shows, even if you are not recognized immediately.”


Name: Leah Lynn Kabler (13)
School: San Elijo Middle School
Grade: 8
Parents: Kristen and Brian Kabler
Siblings: Deven (21) and Danielle (24)
Favorite Place in San Marcos: My favorite place in San Marcos is Bradley Park.

student_kabler1Always hopeful that others feel recognized too, Leah revealed that she adores San Marcos because it is so inclusive. She elaborated, “I love that San Marcos is so diverse, because it is very important for everybody to feel welcome and comfortable in their community. Everyone should be exposed to a diverse community at some time in their life.”

In the future, Leah wants to attend a university in either Florida or North Carolina, and eventually become a children’s pulmonologist. She also aspires to play softball at her college, which she is currently playing through the City of San Marcos. Leah added, “I learned about the softball tryouts after reading about it in an issue of 92078 Magazine!”

As for her perfect summer wish, Leah commented, “I have always dreamed of having a summer where you can hang out with your friends in the park and run around instead of being on your phone. If more kids did that, then others may join them, and we would be much happier.” Spoken like a true leader.