by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

From Basketball to Academics to Traveling the World, Stephanie Bieler Enjoys It All

Exploring a diverse set of interests is something that Canyon Crest Academy senior Stephanie Bieler thoroughly enjoys. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction, a National Merit Scholar, MVP of the Varsity Basketball team, Defensive Player of the Year in Varsity Lacrosse and an accomplished piano player. She also has a passion for traveling – both in the U.S. and abroad. “My favorite memory of traveling is when my family went on a two-week trip to Europe when I was in 7th grade. I loved experiencing all of the different cultures and food, as well as the rich history of Europe,” says Stephanie.

Traveling has also given Stephanie the inspiration for her career goals. “When I studied abroad in Spain for three weeks over the summer, I met many people with international careers and became interested in pursuing a career in international business,” says Stephanie.

Stephanie counts basketball, hiking, photography and piano – which she has played since 1st grade – among her hobbies. “I love hiking and looking at nature. My parents have taken me camping and hiking in Canada, Northern California and locally.  I try to go on hikes whenever I travel because it often gives me the best view of the place I am visiting,” says Stephanie, who also enjoys hiking at Torrey Pines and Peñasquitos Canyon.

According to Stephanie, the enthusiastic coaches and teachers at Canyon Crest have encouraged her to pursue her wide variety of interests. Her favorite subjects are math and humanities. “Math has always made sense to me and I’ve had great teachers. I enjoy humanities because I’ve had teachers that challenge me to think and change the way I look at the world,” says Stephanie.

Stephanie, who is a 5th generation San Diegan, lives in the Palacio community of Carmel Valley. She has applied to a variety of out-of-state schools and is looking forward to attending college. “I have lived in San Diego all my life and have loved it, but I want to live somewhere else when I go to college to experience a different city and cold weather,” says Stephanie.