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Leading with the Heart of a Lion


Ashley Robles focuses on taking care of others and leads her lion pack confidently and humbly.

The heart that senior Ashley Robles brings to her achievements, career training, and relationships is clearly the heart of a lion. 

Robles is capping a four year run in the Healthcare career pathway and is president of Life Savers Club, a club made specifically for students interested in pursuing healthcare as a profession. 

Robles earned two gold medals at the regional level and a bronze and 4th place medal at state in the First Aid and CPR category in SkillsUSA.

“From a young age I was really interested in biology and how the body worked. One of my aunts was a nurse so I became very interested in the healthcare field.” Robles said. Her two year internship in the Twin Cities ER confirmed it.

Advisor and healthcare teacher Shelby LaMendola speaks highly of her medical talents.

“Ashley is everything you could ask for in a student. She’s always on top of her work, happy to volunteer to help her classmates, without question. She’s just a really positive influence within the classroom,” LaMendola said. “She’ll lead discussions. She’ll ‘gather the troops’ if the class is slacking.”

Ranked third in her senior class, Robles has a remarkable 4.7 GPA. Coming from a family of immigrants, Robles does the most she can to help lead her siblings and family towards success. “My parents weren’t really able to help me with my classes so I wanted to put myself in a position where I can help my siblings with their classes in case they were struggling,” Robles said. “So that’s kind of why I took the classes I took and tried to do well [in school].”

Robles is also a loyal friend. Senior Chris Harris got to know Ashley during his sophomore year in Ms. Gilbert’s Science Academy class.

“Ashley’s smart, charismatic, funny, and a born troller. She’s also caring and super humble,” Harris said. “She’s always taking care of her younger siblings, and she’s always got my back for sure.” 

Robles’ talents extend to the track and field team. She threw shot put and discus for all four years  She was awarded the Lion’s Club Award for being a loyal teammate and friend to the team, and having a constant positive mentality on and off the field. 

Coach Matthew Carroll is proud of how far Robles has come since her freshman year. “Her work ethic is one of the best I’ve ever seen,” Carroll said. “Since her freshman year, when I first started coaching her, she was everything that we wanted. She may not be the biggest, strongest, fastest but her work ethic is really the reason for her success.”

Her coachability parallels her attitude as a teammate. “Ashley’s one of the best teammates you can ask for in Bearcat track and field because not only is she a good athlete, but she teaches others and she teaches others the Bearcat way,” Carroll said.

Robles has cherished her time at PRHS, and will miss being “so close to my friends and just getting to see them all.”

If there’s anything that Robles wants students at PRHS to understand about their high school experience, it would be to “make the most of the time you have, especially because there’s going to be a lot of things that you won’t see coming.” 

Robles will attend UC San Diego this fall, majoring in Biology.

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    Geoffrey LandJun 9, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Great article by a fine writer. As Ashley’s teacher, I can testify that indeed she can tame wild beasts.
    Keep up the great work, TJ. I hope you continue in Crimson next year.