by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography

Lifelong Adventurer

student_spyropoulos3Nine-year-old Mika Celebi Spyropoulos is grateful to be raised in Old Encinitas. She commented, “I have a lot of great friends in my neighborhood and in my school. The weather is always beautiful, and I like going to Moonlight Beach and swimming in the ocean. Also, I’m glad I live in Encinitas because I get to go to one of the nicest YMCAs.”

Having attended various activities at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA ever since her first swim class when she was just a toddler, Mika credits the facility for providing her with numerous learning opportunities and thrilling experiences. She explained, “The caring staff comes up with a lot of fun activities that help me learn and stay healthy.”


Name: Mika Celebi Spyropoulos (9)
School: Paul Ecke Central
Grade: 3
Parents: Nuray Celebi and John Spyropoulos
Favorite Spots in 92024: Moonlight Beach, Cottonwood Creek Park, Ecke YMCA, Paul Ecke Central, Hooked On Sushi, Hapi Fish, Yogurtland, and the Encinitas Library


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student_spyropoulos4Mika attends YMCA’s summer Adventure Camp, which enables her to “go to different fun places around San Diego for a week on a bus, like Boomers and Dave & Busters,” Mika exclaimed. She is also involved in the YMCA’s Adventure Princesses, a father/daughter bonding enrichment program. Mika professed, “I get to go to a lot of campsites around San Diego with my dad where I can ride my bike, hike, and do cool things like explore mud caves!”

Always up for an adventure, Mika enjoys such pursuits as cooking, skateboarding, gymnastics, playing the drums, swimming, and riding her bike and scooter. She added, “I also love taking care of animals and helping people too. When I grow up, I would like to be a veterinarian, a nurse, or a doctor.” Mika already has some familiarity with nurses and doctors, as she was born with a cleft lip and palate and has undergone multiple surgeries to correct it.

As a third grader at Paul Ecke Central, Mika especially adores math. She elaborated, “I like challenging myself and figuring out problems, and math is a good way for me to do that.” Another way that Mika challenges herself is by participating in her school’s Spanish Dual Language Immersion program. She shared, “No one in my family speaks Spanish except me!” This lifelong adventurer will surely continue to successfully conquer anything she encounters.

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