AMPS Magazine LA’s Star Student Spotlight

Meet Shelby McAlpin

Just speak to proud papa Jerome McAlpin and he’ll share just why his daughter is a bright star and someone we should keep our eyes on. Her lists of accomplishments include being a:

  • Straight A student from 1st grade to first semester of HS.
  • Only kindergartner to make Cheer Competition squad at St. Jerome.
  • MVP of Volleyball team in 2016, 2018 and 2019. Most Improved 2017.
  • MVP of Basketball team in 2017. Best Defensive Player and All Tournament in 2018.
  • Starter on Undefeated Basketball team in 6th grade.
  • Led 7th grade Basketball team to CYO semifinals.
  • Club Basketball team at City Hoops, went to West Coast National Tournament in 2021.
  • Chosen MVP of “Mock Trial” team.
  • Scored 95% or higher on annual standardized tests.
  • Graduated with Honors from NDAE (Notre Dame Academy Elementary)
  • Won “Distinguished Graduate Award”, highest honor given to NDAE student.
  • Awarded “Honors at Entrance” from Notre Dame Academy HS
  • Awarded Scholarship for Academics at NDAHS.
  • Starter on Freshman Volleyball team.
  • Starter on Varsity Basketball team as a freshman.
  • Obtained a 4.0 GPA with Honors Geometry and English.
  • Received “Regal Award for Excellence” for Honors Intro to Comp/Lit.
  • Involved in clubs including Community Service Club and the Black Student Union.
  • Takes care of 2 dogs, a cat, a rabbit, a hamster and a goldfish.

If you ask Shelby’s family just who should get credit for all of these accomplishments, the vehement response is “Shelby”. According to Shelby’s father, Shelby has always been a “self-starter”. Dad has never had to ask if homework was done. She’s utilized her school day planners since third grade. Dad does credit however, putting her into a good school – Notre Dame Academy Elementary – Home – Notre Dame Academy Elementary (

It’s a family affair! Dad helps in sports, when needed. He and mom don’t miss any games unless of course, Shelby’s brother is playing a game on the same day. When this happens mom and dad split that duty.

Finally, Shelby loves to give her family fun facts daily. Her fun facts range anywhere from animals to the climate, history and everything else.

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