Allyson Escobar

Allyson Escobar

passionately pursuing purpose.

Freelance journalist, writer, digital producer and blogger for both print and digital media. I fancy a cup of coffee, current events, pop culture, and telling stories that encourage and inspire.

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Living with autism in the 1940s was difficult; just ask the Allen family (Press-Enterprise)

For many families in the 1940s, having a family member with a developmental disorder — such as autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and genetic and intellectual disabilities — often meant putting their loved ones in state hospitals and institutions. Parents were left with no other choice — especially without the proper resources, education, support groups and disability centers of today.

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Corona High graduate — a Big Sister — hailed as a role model (Press-Enterprise)

At 18, Corona High graduate Carolina Hernandez is already a role model – and not just for her 4.02 grade point average and her acceptance into her dream college, UC Berkeley. Hernandez for the past three years has been a mentor to a third-grader at Jefferson Elementary as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters club at her high school. For the past two years, she has served as president of the group.

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Legos are promoting science, math in Temecula's youth (Press-Enterprise)

In Temecula, a group of young girls are on their way toward becoming engineers, scientists and astronauts – thanks, in part, to Legos. The group, an all-black girls robotics team called the Robogirls, for the past six months has been preparing for a kids' robotics exposition Sunday, Feb. 26, at Legoland in Carlsbad.

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Retired veteran completes 3-year, coast-to-coast run (Press-Enterprise)

On Aug. 20, Ernie Andrus finished a 2,638.1-mile race from San Diego, California to the Georgia coast — one day after his 93rd birthday. The retired Navy veteran, originally from Kansas, completed the race over a period of 2 years and 10 months, and finished with a time of “999 hours, 32 minutes, and 1 second,” he says. “I always tell people I never learned to walk until I was 40, because I ran everywhere."

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Life begins anew after 50, Hemet writer proclaims (Press-Enterprise)

“When we act like we’re afraid, or apologize for being old, what kind of message does that send to the youth? What if younger people look forward to some of the beauties of aging – like being more free, having more confidence?” asks writer Lynn Spreen. “They look at us and say, ‘That’s a pretty good trade-off for wrinkles.’ ”

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How a Perris woman became the face of Ashley Stewart (Press-Enterprise)

A nationwide social media contest and the personal journey towards self love launched 26-year-old Veronica Pome’e into the world of modeling.
“The way all of this happened was very organic, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” said the Perris resident.

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Disney pizzazz at Candlelight Ceremony has high school kids psyched to perform (Press-Enterprise)

For Allyson Huntsman, a longtime Rancho Verde High School choir teacher, it was an honor to have her students perform among 31 different choirs – comprising 600 people – at Disneyland’s annual Candlelight Ceremony and Processional. The choir from Moreno Valley was one of several from the Inland region.

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Riverside student illustrates skateboards, murals, and a book

It was through Penelope Crowder's latest advanced placement art class that she got her first opportunity to illustrate a book.

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MORENO VALLEY: Performing arts program drawing students (Press-Enterprise)

For many performing arts students in Moreno Valley, the summer has been anything but boring. Instead, it has been a unique chance to meet new friends, develop their talents -- and put on a showcase.

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9/11 survivor shares his account of attack

On Sept. 11, 2001, Bert Upson, a sales marketing and personal development leader, was visiting the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York to give a business lecture titled “How to Invent Your Future.”

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How a 6-year-old girl from Riverside won a global treasure hunt and $10,000

How did Abby Hurst, of Riverside, spend her summer vacation?
Digging up buried treasure and $10,000.
Abby is the latest winner of a five-week virtual educational program-turned-global treasure hunt put together by Brain Chase – an Austin-based tech company that focuses on hands-on supplemental learning for students outside of the classroom.

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Jurupa Valley trampoline park caters to kids with autism

“It’s nice to see families with special needs interact and have a place to go and have an activity everyone can enjoy, especially here in the Inland Empire. It’s our way of saying we support them; if they need a place that’s going to be understanding, where your kids can just be out and enjoy themselves, this is the place.”

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Lake Elsinore student wills herself to new successes (Press-Enterprise)

This month, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced the winners of its prestigious joint scholarship program with General Electric. Recognizing the achievements of leaders, visionaries, and service-driven youth, 20 students were chosen out of nearly 13,000 applicants. One of those winners, Luz G. Memije, hails from Lake Elsinore.

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Pianist Bruce Jones brings new life to vintage piano at Riverside library

Pianist Bruce Jones, 69, had a piece of history at his fingertips.
In the summer, Jones was visiting the Riverside Main Library with his grandsons when he encountered a vintage Steinway piano sitting untouched in the auditorium.

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How Bobby Bonds Day highlights the positive impact of sports - Press Enterprise

How Bobby Bonds Day highlights the positive impact ...