by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Soul of Photography

Talented Teen

student_preston5A seventh grader at Earl Warren Middle School, Zoey Preston has lived in Del Mar for her entire life. Only three blocks from the beach, she surfs and plays volleyball there often, and enjoys time with her two golden retrievers, Ritter and Sherman. When it’s time to go to school, Zoey’s favorite and best subject is English, because she loves reading, writing, and the atmosphere in the class. In sports, she played for the Earl Warren volleyball team last fall, while also playing competitive club volleyball. “My parents have always played beach volleyball, and my uncle was the indoor volleyball coach at UCSB,” she said, “so I think it was natural for me to be interested in the sport too.” Her favorite sport, however, is snowboarding, which surprises some people. “I have been skiing for 10 years and snowboarding for four,” she shared. Zoey also plays the guitar, which she learned when taking lessons with a friend at a music studio. She’s in a band called Synesthesia.

Name: Zoey Tracey Preston (13)
School: Earl Warren Middle School
Grade: 7
Parents: Patty and Bob Preston
Siblings: Michelle, Lindsay, and Brett
Favorite Places in Del Sol: The beach, the Solana Beach Library, Whole Foods, and Powerhouse Park

student_preston3For the Winter Arts Festival Play at school, Zoey played a “crazy old nun named Mary Agatha” in the play Murder Can Be Habit Forming. The interpretation of Mary Agatha included a high-pitched voice with a Southern accent. “A lot of people complimented me on my accent,” she said proudly. She acted in five plays before when she was at Del Mar Hills Elementary, including Peter Pan, The Lorax, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. “My favorite part of being onstage is letting everyone see how hard I’ve worked and sharing an amazing performance with everybody,” she said. “Oh, and also making people laugh!”

Looking to the future, Zoey has wanted to go to the University of Colorado in Boulder since fifth grade, and she plans to become an author or English teacher. Zoey’s already gotten a head start writing her own stories and books. “My teachers inspire me because they love what they do, they are all energetic and fun,” she explained, “and they push me to become the best person I can be.”