by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography

Performing Admirable Feats

student_peterkin1Devon Peterkin, a Rancho Santa Fe resident and senior at La Jolla Country Day School, is an extraordinary volleyball player who has earned major bragging rights for herself. But Devon prefers to modestly thank others for her achievements, and is most comfortable serving others in a humanitarian way. She revealed, “I like to make others happy.”

As an official with her school’s Community Service Board, Devon has overseen such events as the Dig for the Cure for Breast Cancer volleyball fundraiser and the Vi at La Jolla Village Assisted Living’s Senior Prom. In addition, she has taught English to children in the Dominican Republic. Devon proclaimed, “Whether serving food to the homeless, finding homes for neglected animals, or taking the lead to organize an event, I have learned to give of myself. By helping others in need and putting them first, I’ve discovered genuine satisfaction and have become a better person because of it.”

As a member of the nationally-recognized WAVE volleyball club in Encinitas, as well as the team captain and MVP for her high school volleyball team, Devon has earned accolades for her skills on the court. She was even selected to play for the All-CIF 1st and All-Coastal 1st teams, and was named a 2015 High School Volleyball Academic All-American by Prepvolleyball.com. Crediting others for her accomplishments, Devon humbly stated, “I would not have received any recognition without my teammates, because it doesn’t take one player to win.”


MEET DEVON

Name: Devon Peterkin (17)
School: La Jolla Country Day School
Grade: 12
Parents: Joanna Peterkin and Chris Peterkin
Sibling: Kendall Peterkin (21)
Favorite Spots in 92067: The Pancake House, all of the quaint shops and garden flowers in downtown RSF, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, and Rancho Valencia


student_peterkin2While on the SCVA High Performance volleyball team, Devon was able to play against international teams in Croatia and Italy. Describing the experience, Devon exclaimed, “We scrimmaged with Slovenian and Czechoslovakian teams! Experiencing different cultures has inspired my interest in traveling.”

In the fall, Devon will be traveling to Princeton University to play volleyball for the college. She is considering becoming a science major, and hopes to eventually find work in the medical research field. As a member of the Future Doctors of America club at her school, Devon commented, “I enjoy the sciences, such as biology and neuroscience. All of the different body processes and brain functions are extremely interesting, and there is always more to discover.” It is clear that Devon will continue to perform admirable feats, both on the court and off.