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San Pasqual Academy Student Named one of County’s 25 Most Remarkable Teens

Divinity, a senior at San Pasqual Academy (SPA), was recently named one of the 25 Most Remarkable Teens as selected by the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office. The teen received his award in the category of courage to overcome adversity: personal situation. 

As shared in his nomination, Divinity has overcome a difficult life, dealing with poverty and being placed in foster care after his mother lost her job and they were living in her car. Divinity now is involved in theater and works with several local companies, and is also involved in the school’s student body council. He plans to go to college where he hopes to study film and mythology.

“When people speak of inequities and discrimination that exist in our country, Divinity has experienced it his whole life,” said Counselor Chris Toomey. “I nominated him because he is an inspiration to us all.  His experience and knowledge of overcoming adversity demonstrates what courage exemplifies. Divinity aspires to be a film writer and producer, and one day we will be honored to see his story on the big screen.”

In addition to being honored by the county, Divinity was also the Juvenile Court and Community Schools student representative at the November San Diego County Board of Education meeting. He will also be participating in a pre-show conversation at a production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at the San Diego Repertory Theatre in January. 

“Divinity has demonstrated leadership and a desire to help his community, especially his SPA community,” SPA Principal Suzanne Miyasaki said at the board meeting where Divinity was honored. “He participates in athletics, most recently football, and although he got injured, he continued to support his teammates from the sidelines. He is active in ASB where he chairs the meetings, helps organize positive school culture events, and is the voice of the students.”

The San Diego County Public Defender’s Office named its recipients of the 25 Most Remarkable Teens from around San Diego County for their civic contributions and efforts in categories such as environmental activism, community service, perseverance, mental health activism, courage to overcome personal adversity, arts and culture, and science.

“I didn’t think teens could be any more inspiring than past years remarkable teens, but this year’s nominees were beyond incredible, each and every one of them. Choosing just 25 to celebrate in 2021 was extremely difficult,” said Randy Mize, San Diego County Public Defender. “San Diego teens continue to blow me away with their dedication, commitment, resilience, and passion.”

The program recognizes youth ages 13 to 19 for their accomplishments. The community submitted more than 150 teen nominations. Every nominee was interviewed by the San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council panel. Nominees all received a certificate of recognition.

Civic leaders and elected officials from San Diego County and the City of San Diego recently presented the awards at an event at the San Diego Central Library. This is the third year teens have been selected for the program. Due to the pandemic, last year’s awards were delivered personally to the teens at home by attorney advisors and youth council members.

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