by KELLY GUSICH | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Rock On, Reshini!

Reshini Umesh has such a diversity of interests and experiences, it’s hard to know where to begin. This Westview High School freshman has lived in Rancho Peñasquitos with her family for about five years, and loves the community for the same reasons: “It is such a great place to live because there’s always some kind of sports event going on or a school play.” Coming from an artistic family of dancers, actors, writers, and singers, she’s been involved with dance her entire life. In school, her favorite subject is French, “because my teacher is amazing and I love learning a new language even though I’m not the greatest at it!” She thinks she’d like to major in psychology, possibly be a psychologist or a vet, and she loves to bake.


Girl Scouts is another interest of Reshini’s. The trips and the fun to be had with fellow troopers are big reasons she loves Troop 8810. “Also, doing all the community service, earning the badges, and working on the Silver Award project helped me learn a lot about life.” Despite the fact that a recent Girl Scout trip to a horse ranch revealed she was allergic to horses, for her Silver Award project, she decided to collect donations for the local animal shelters. “I absolutely adore animals and it breaks my heart to see the poor babies in shelters with no proper home or even toys!” Her collection included food, toys, and blankets, which she gave to the San Diego Humane Society and Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Meet Reshini

Name: Reshini Umesh (15)
School: Westview High School
Grade: 9
Parents: Nandini Umesh and Umesh Srikantiah
Sibling: Rajsri Umesh
Favorite Spot in 92129: Pizza Rev

student_umesh2Selena Gomez is Reshini’s inspiration, her idol since the age of 10. “As every kid dreams,” she grinned, “I wanted to be a superstar. Honestly I still want to be famous! I mean, who doesn’t?” A superstar or not, she still takes her cue from the musician’s lifestyle: “With all the charity and love she gives out, I personally think everyone needs to be like her!” Reshini’s had her own challenges to overcome this past year, with a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. “In this difficult time,” she affirmed, “I found a lot of love and support from the school, administration, teachers, and students. I hope one day I will be able to announce that I am cancer-free.”

Reshini finished by saying, “On a lighter note, since I still hope someday I will be a rockstar, I love playing the drums!” Rock on, Reshini Umesh, our 92129 Student Star!