Senior Giselle Alota Earns Presidential Nomination to the United States Naval Academy

Parker's Giselle Alota, Class of 2018, was appointed as a Presidential Nomination to the United States Naval Academy, an honor only given to 100 candidates per year. This is a proud moment for Giselle and her parents (San Diego natives) who both graduated from the Naval Academy. Giselle’s father, a naval officer, currently serves on PHIBRON 1 and previously served as the commanding officer of the USS Comstock.

Giselle is one of Parker’s distinguished students and student-athletes nearly taking every Advanced Placement class that the School has to offer and competing on three Parker sports teams basketball, track, and cheer.

“Giselle Alota is an extraordinary young woman. She is one of the strongest students in the Class of 2018 and has earned Honors with Distinction every year of high school,” said Terri Devine, Dean of College Counseling. “Beloved by her teachers and classmates, Giselle leads by example. Her strong character, and deep commitment to her family, friends, and community, are admired and respected by all.”

Giselle excelled at academics and sports since she started at Parker’s Middle School. In Upper School, Giselle received the Parker Faculty Scholarship for her outstanding academic work and was also voted most valuable player by her coaches for the varsity Girls Basketball team. When asked how does she successfully juggle academics with a demanding sports schedule, Giselle replied organization and knowing her limits keep her on track.

“I am constantly staying organized,” said Giselle. “Knowing my limits is important and I never take on more than I can handle.”

To add to her impressive schedule, Giselle will be competing with the Pacific Beach all-star cheer team at the cheerleading worlds competition in April. She also plans to join Parker’s lacrosse team just to stay in top shape before shipping off to the academy.

Giselle will begin at the academy only three weeks after graduation. She will be studying chemistry and plans to become a naval doctor and athletic trainer.

“My dream has always been to be a naval doctor,” said Giselle. “But, I think I will also study to be an athletic trainer just to have that in my back pocket.”
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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