In this age of social media, there are many false ideals of who a girl should be and what she should look like. Most girls don’t have a flawless face and perfect body to meet today’s “standards.” I was blessed to learn from real mentors that taught me everyone is beautiful in their own way that no one else can compare to. This made me the strong, independent, faith-filled person I am today. For me, I learned I can work hard, get dirty, and be myself in every situation. I want to give that back to as many young girls as I can so they can be proud of themselves too. My name is Allison Paregien, and this is why I want to be Miss Exeter 2020.
I am very humble and don’t like to brag about myself, but here are my talents anyways. I’m exceptionally kind and easy to get along with. Sports come easy for me; I am a gifted athlete, excellent teammate, and fast learner with unparalleled work ethic. Growing up on a farm I learned English and Western horseback riding and am very good at training dogs. I recently taught my 15-year old dog Mollie how to use a doggie door. I read music, play the piano, guitar, sing, and play percussion and drums. I’m a strong leader by example, an excellent communicator, and charismatic public speaker. These talents and my love for working with young children makes me an engaging role model, able to connect with and inspire others.
My past school involvement included both arts and athletics. In elementary school, I participated in choir, drama and band. In the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I played Willie Wonka. In The Little Mermaid, I played Ariel. In Jungle Book, I played Mowgli. I also played the trumpet and flute in band. In junior high, I served in the California Junior Scholarship Federation as a member and as President, and I was awarded the Marion Huhn Scholarship. I was in the Step Up club and Science Olympiad for 3 years. I played volleyball, softball, soccer and cross country. I graduated in the top 10 of my class and was a recipient of the Daughters of the Revolution Medal.
Presently, I participate in clubs and athletics at school. I am a member of the California Scholarship Federation and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I am the American Legion Girls State 1st Alternate. Academics are the most important thing to me, so I’m working hard to be a four-year scholar athlete for maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA every semester. This achievement has earned me membership into the National Society of High School Scholars. I am a 4-year starter and 2-year team captain on the Exeter High softball team. Awards and achievements I have received include: Two-Time Offensive player of the year, Monarch PRIDE Award, All-League Second team and Honorable mention, All-Tourney Player, and CIF Valley champion. I am a 2-year varsity volleyball player and 1-year starter here at Exeter. I am a 2- time recipient of the Monarch PRIDE award and a CIF Valley Champion, as well as the first player in program history to be pulled up from JV to Varsity during pre-season. I helped design, build, and participate in a volleyball float for the homecoming parade.
I have extensive past and present community service activities. As a youth, I volunteered at the Exeter Fourth of July concession booth for three years. I also helped take down American flags along Main Street in Exeter on Memorial Day for three years.
Currently, my community service largely involves working with volleyball and softball youth. I’ve spent 33 hours coaching at the annual volleyball monarch camp. I’ve assisted four with softball tryouts in the Visalia/South Valley and Fresno/Clovis areas for 96 hours over 6 years. I help coach softball youth at clinics and practices in Exeter, Visalia, and Clovis for 30 hours so far. My team volunteers at the Central California Food Bank filing boxes for donations to local food pantries.
My future plans are to graduate in the top 10% of my class as a scholar athlete, and attend a 4 year university. I will play Division 1 softball with a scholarship to help pay for school where I plan to study kinesiology and gain admission to a physical therapist doctoral program. I am proud of who I am and want to inspire many other people to be proud of themselves too.