by LAINEY KRAL | photos by Spark Photography

Making a Splash

Four years ago, Madisongrace Guerra discovered her passion for water polo, and she hasn’t looked back. She’s now the goalie for her San Diego Shores Club team, practices four nights a week, and spends most weekends traveling throughout California for tournaments. “My water polo journey includes being taught by successful Olympians and training with the most competitive athletes in the world for my age and position,” Madisongrace shared. She’s trained with USA Water Polo’s Junior National Team, and has played in three junior Olympic tournaments with her Shores team.

Madisongrace and her family moved from North Carolina to San Diego when she was in second grade. She attended Del Sur Elementary and Oak Valley Middle School, and is now entering ninth grade at Cathedral Catholic High School. She approaches school with the same dedication that lets her excel in water polo. “I am very studious, tenacious, and diligent in my studies, especially in language arts because of my enjoyment of writing and journeying to far-off places by reading the pages of an interesting book,” she explained. She also looks forward to history classes, citing passionate teachers who made it fun to learn about the rise and fall of civilizations. “I plan to attend an Ivy League university because I would like to receive all the knowledge I possibly can to impact the world positively.”

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When not at school or in the pool, Madisongrace loves skiing, snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding, and traveling. “I am so thankful to my parents for taking me to places with the most beautiful scenery, unique cultures, and architectures,” she said.

She also dedicates herself to volunteer work, adding, “I like to give back to my community by serving quality food to the families of the long-term ill children of Rady’s Children’s Hospital.” Madisongrace’s passion for sports, knowledge, and making a difference are sure to take her far.

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Name: Madisongrace Guerra (14)
School: Cathedral Catholic High School
Grade: 9
Parents: Carlos Guerra and Celia Harper-Guerra
Siblings: Tyler (33), Lauren (31), and Emily (23)
Favorite Place in 92127: Jamba Juice