by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Believing in Dreams

student_derby2“Carlsbad has always been my home,” shared student star Jessi Derby. “I was born and raised here.” Her mother is a Carlsbad native as well, and her grandparents have lived in the same house for the past 50 years. “I feel that as I grow so does Carlsbad,” she continued. “It’s been cool to see how our small town has gotten bigger but still has that small town feeling.” Giving back to her community is key for Jessi, so during softball season and in the summer she helps her coach run camps for younger players. She’s also a member of Teen Korps, a volunteer club from Carlsbad High School (CHS) which helps local shelters and centers.

A third year returner to the CHS varsity softball team, she started playing the sport when she was only five years old. She became aware early on of the possibility for injury in sports. Because she’s had injuries which required physical therapy, by the time she was 13 she had decided on PT as her future career.  “I know what it’s like to be hurting and feel that something wasn’t right,” Jessi noted, “so I want to help others live pain-free lives.” Her own experience with PT right now is motivation, “especially in these past two years I have gone to a physical therapist whose dedication to fixing her patients really inspired me.” She’s interning with Fit Monkeys, which she discovered through 08/10 Magazine! She is enjoying the internship because she gets to see firsthand interaction with clients. “As an intern I observe Kelly and Denise with their clients and I ask questions on my observations, based off each person’s individual goals.”

Meet Jess

Name: Jessi Derby
School: Carlsbad High School
Interests: Softball, hanging out with my friends, and going to the beach
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Lola’s 7-Up Market & Deli, Tamarack Beach, and CHS Softball Fields

student_derby3Jessi’s parents are her biggest influence, pushing her to try her hardest because they know what she is capable of accomplishing. “They have always tried to give me more than what they had growing up.” Her older sister Jami has also had a great influence on her as she’s grown, and since she’s always wanted to be just like her big sister, now that she is older she’s hoping to make Jami proud of her as well. “My entire family has always believed in my dreams,” Jessi shared, “so knowing that they always have my back keeps me going.”

Finding her motivation in family, friends, and future, Jessi Derby is an inspiration to her beloved Carlsbad community.