by KATHY LOY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

She’s got the whole world in her hands! Torrey Pines High School senior Natalie Wynne has accomplished more in her years as a student as some people do in a lifetime. The only child of Amy and Howell Wynne of Rancho Santa Fe, Natalie is involved in everything from sports, to theater, to peer assistance groups, to traveling abroad on a mission.

It seems that Torrey Pines High is a good fit for a student like Natalie. “I like that Torrey Pines is academically challenging but also has so much to get involved in. The best part of my high school experience has been being involved in so many different programs and activities. I was on the freshman and

JV volleyball team, participated in theater in the 2011 fall drama, have been in PALS for three years, and am in leadership of two different clubs,” explained Natalie.


PALS stands for the Peer Assistant Listeners program, a group of students who selected Natalie as the President for this school year. The PALS program helps new students adjust, runs schools tours and other student activities. Natalie was also selected to be a student ambassador for the College Fair Night.

Natalie’s favorite class is AP Biology, and she’s already using what she learns. “I volunteered at Scripps Memorial Hospital for over two years in the obstetric postpartum ward and logged over 100 hours,” described Natalie. “I also have an internship at Scripps in the emergency room and intensive care unit that I spend about six hours a month learning from and shadowing a nurse. It is an amazing experience and I really love it.” For a paying job, Natalie is a hostess at the Pacific Coast Grill, in Cardiff.

Natalie directs her energy to help the less fortunate too. She has been in the National Charity League since the seventh grade. “I have loved working with my mom and other girls in NCL and have put in over 240 hours to the program and various philanthropies,” she said. Two summers ago, Natalie even went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with her youth group from church.

In her “free” time, Natalie loves to ski, play the piano, and has recently taken up surfing. Next year, she hopes to be studying to become a Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant at her first-choice school, USC. Her future sure is bright!

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Name: Natalie Wynne
Age: 18
School: Torrey Pines High School
Grade: 12
Parents: Amy and Howell Wynne