Alexandra Gusinski, a 12-year-old, residing in Greenwich, Connecticut – is a first-generation American born in Los Angeles, 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 ten 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, and night diving.
Academically accomplished, at age 11, she joined the Johns 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 the 1st Dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do Korean martial art and enjoys self-defense combat training and sparring sessions, she competed in the 14th U.S. Masters Taekwondo Open Championships 2019 in Massachusetts and won first place in sparring and board breaking.
Alexandra is 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.
She enjoys horseback riding – she rides on the weekends near her house and participates in equestrian riding competitions in her hometown. During the winter season, she likes to ski and ice skate.
In 4th grade, as a consequence of her cultural trip to explore France with her mother, her interest in knowing more about the world’s social issues grew. Walking down the streets of Paris, Alexandra witnessed first-hand the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe. 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. Her school’s newsletter praised Alexandra for her social activism.
The summer after graduating from 5th grade, she visited the United Nations headquarters in NY, and soon after joined the ‘Model UN and Advanced Geography’ three- week intensive summer camp by John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). She is a passionate debater who cares about human rights and animal rights.
Alexandra attended Whitby Montessori Private International Baccalaureate School from age two, for ten years, and transferred in 6th grade to KING Private school. Walking in school corridors, Alexandra carries her sketchbook with her everywhere she goes. While in 6th grade, she is the youngest person to attend the 8th grade Math Honors program in her school. She is the head of the newspaper club and enjoys exploring the visual arts, writing, filming, directing, and video editing.
At age 12, Alexandra won the Constituting America National Award for her Public Service Announcement on the First Amendment that she animated, written, and produced by herself.
Alexandra was chosen to be a member of the Youth Advisory Board of Constituting America, a group founded by Janine Turner and co-chaired with Cathy Gillespie, 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.
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