by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Creative Outlet

student_camilleriAs an incoming senior at Canyon Crest Academy (CCA), Julia Camilleri is no stranger to leadership and hard work. At the beginning of her sophomore year, she became president of the CCA Creative Writing Club, and has worked diligently ever since to expand and promote the club and its mission. “The club creates a safe and open environment to share and discuss creative writing projects and techniques. We also host a free writing conference for local high school students, and this year I added a community service component to the club,” stated Julia.

Organizing the annual writers’ conference is a major component of Julia’s role as president, and each year she works with speakers, coordinates student and teacher volunteers, and hosts the conference panel sessions. “I feel that the free conference provides an enriching experience for all the high school students who attend. Every year, we receive very positive feedback from attendees, and this last year, I wanted to reach out to a wider audience,” related Julia. The Creative Writing Club, along with Words Alive and many adult and student volunteers, organized a conference geared toward at-risk teens. According to Julia, this conference was very successful and gave many teens a much-needed creative outlet.

student_camilleri2In addition to her involvement in CCA’s Creative Writing Club, Julia currently plays club volleyball, participates in Girl Scouts, and sings in the parish choir at St. Therese of Carmel. Singing is a family endeavor for the Camilleris – Julia’s older sister Daniela is a classical singer with the desire to become an opera singer. “I am inspired by Daniela because she works very hard to be successful in school and her career. She will be president of the Student Association at the Eastman School of Music next year,” Julia said proudly.

Julia’s favorite subject in school is biology, and she hopes to become a pediatrician. “I love learning about how things work around us from a biological perspective. This subject has fascinated me since my life science class in middle school,” stated Julia, who would like to major in biology and pre-med at UC Davis, UC San Diego, or Cal Poly Pomona. She will hone her biology skills this summer by participating in a pediatric rotation at a hospital in Malta. “My entire family is from Malta, a small island in the Mediterranean. This is a unique opportunity, and I am looking forward to the experience,” revealed Julia.

Meet Julia

Name: Julia Camilleri (17)
School: Canyon Crest Academy
Grade: 11
Parents: Albert and Simone Camilleri
Siblings: Daniela (20) and Sophie (13)