Alexandra Gusinski, an 12-year-old, residing in Greenwich, Connecticut, is a first-generation American, born in Los Angeles, California on December 25, 2007. She is of Israeli-Russian descent and is the granddaughter of Russian-Israeli media tycoon, Vladimir Gusinsky.
As a nature and marine life enthusiast, at age 10 she received her Junior PADI Open Water Scuba Diver certification – she spends hours exploring the sea, only to later spend hours reading and researching the flora and fauna that she just saw. By age 11 she has already been shark-feeding, cave diving, interacting with dolphins and began to develop her interest in underwater photography.
Alexandra is academically accomplished and recently joined the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). She has broad interests ranging from performing and studio arts to social activism and global studies. During her summer breaks, she enjoys taking enrichment courses and travels to explore new places and learn about different cultures.
Alexandra has a black with white stripe belt in Tae Kwon Do Korean martial art and enjoys self-defense combat training and sparring sessions, she plans to earn her black belt by age 12.
She is also an advanced Jazz, Ballet and Hip-Hop dancer at the Greenwich Dance Studio and performed with her dance group at The Performing Art Center in Purchase, New York. Alexandra enjoys horseback riding, she rides on the weekends in the horse stable near her house and participates in equestrian riding competitions in her home town.
As a result of her cultural trip to explore France with her mother, her interest in knowing more about the world’s social issues increased. Walking down the streets of Paris, Alexandra witnessed first-hand the refugee crisis in Europe and upon her return home, she engaged in independent research so that she could talk about this issue in her school and present ideas of how kids could help. Alexandra was praised on the school newsletter for her social activism.
Summer after graduating from 5th grade, she visited the United Nation and soon after joined the Model United Nations and Advanced Geography intensive CTY summer camp.
Alexandra’s family helped shape her emotional maturity and humanity – they led by example – always helping friends in need and opening their doors to all who may need assistance and shelter to overcome injustice and unfairness.
Alexandra is a member of the Youth Advisory Board of Constituting America, a group founded by Janine Turner and co-chaired with Cathy Gillespie that is dedicated to teaching students and adults across America about the nonpartisan relevancy of the U.S. Constitution and the principles of self-governance inherent in our founding documents.
A devoted advocate for animal rights, she is actively spreading the awareness of the inhumane practice of the Yulin Dog Festival in China, she made donations to help animals from the money she earned. Alexandra herself has a brown poodle dog named Harley, and she enjoys spending time to train her dog outdoors.
Alexandra attended Whitby Montessori Private International Baccalaureate School for 10 years. Alexandra’s artwork decorated school corridor walls. She carries her sketchbook with her everywhere she goes. She enjoys exploring the visual arts, writing, filming, directing and video editing.