Girls you can look up to

Local girls Gabi and Kristina are finalists in magazine 'Discovery Girls' contest to find '10 great role models.'

November 20, 2010|By Joanna Clay,
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Some strive their whole lives to be deemed a "role model," but for two local girls, the job comes easily.

The teen magazine "Discovery Girls" recently recognized Gabi Goffman, 12, of Corona del Mar, and Kristina Lai, 10, of Irvine, for their ability to radiate positive values. The magazine held a contest to find 10 great role models for girls.

"Our ideal role model is not a perfect girl, but a girl who works hard everyday to become more confident and resilient," the magazine's website reads.

What do Gabi and Kristina think it means to be a role model?

"I think it means that you have to be good at helping other people and a good example for little kids," Kristina said.

"My idea of a role model is someone that when you're struggling or going through (tough) times can help you, sort of like a best friend," Gabi responded.


The contest received more than 2,000 entries, but the two Orange County girls made it to the final 30. Although they didn't win, both were appreciative of the recognition.

The contest application consisted of fill-in answers and asking questions about the girls' dream jobs, hobbies and friendships.

Both girls didn't have trouble coming up with a myriad of unique activities to help them stand out.

Gabi, a student at the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, enjoys doing her homework upside down. Yes, that's right — on her head.

Her father introduced her to yoga, and she's been smitten with it ever since. She even dictates poetry in the upside-down position.

"I love to write poetry, and I love to write it upside down," she said. "That's one of my favorite things to do is stand on my head and do my homework. It just makes me feel so calm and balanced."

Kristina, a fifth-grader at Bonita Canyon Elementary, is similarly a fan of the written word. She's even been published in the Los Angeles Times.

"I want to be a published author," she said. "I like to write about fairies … some people might think it's babyish, but I think it's fun because you get to use your imagination a lot."

The writer, who enjoys poetry and fantasy stories, said that although it might be in vogue to do free verse, she prefers to rhyme.

Kristina also uses her writing for good causes, volunteering at a senior center and offering to write stories about the seniors' histories. She became such good friends with man, she said, that at the time of the interview she had just returned from breakfast with him.

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