At each meeting of the San Diego County Board of Education, a student from the Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) program is selected to participate as a student representative. In December, the JCCS student board representative was Marco Antonio Hernandez, a student at Arcadia Community School in Vista.
According the Marco's principal, Ben Nakamura: "Marco is an exceptional student, excelling in both mathematics and science. He is an outgoing student demonstrating both creativity and athletic ability. During class time, Marco has no shortage of subject-specific comments and interrelated conjectures. Last quarter, while attending Breaking Cycles, Marco maintained a 3.4 GPA with an overall high school GPA of 3.35."
Marco's hobbies include fixing and customizing cars, and watching drag racing. If not engaged in classroom activities, Marco is talking about cars. Though he isn't able to drive yet, he is already customizing his father's car while anxiously making plans to customize his own car when he turns 16.
Marco's long-term goals are to finish high school and attend a local university. Afterwards, Marco would like to peruse his love of cars by being involved in professional drag racing and the National Hot Rod Association.
All JCCS students are eligible for nomination by teachers and selection by program principals. Selection is based on the following criteria:
- Excellent academic progress
- Triumph over personal adversity
- Academic growth and improvement
- Citizenship demonstrating positive behaviors
- Community service