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Student Spotlight: Mariel

Student Spotlight: Mariel

The Juvenile Court and Community Schools student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education for February was Mariel, a sophomore at Bayside Community School.

Principal Theresa Fox shared with the board that Mariel was recognized for her tremendous growth, positive attitude, and her determination to graduate high school and go on to postsecondary education.

“Thank you for having me. It’s an honor to be here and representing my school,” Mariel said. “I’m thankful to my teachers and my mom for always being there for me. And for this great opportunity.” 

Mariel is enrolled in the CTE graphic design course and sold her creations, a selection of cards and stickers, at the recent COMET event at 37ECB. She also took part in the JCCS/PBIS authentically engaging youth event in which students analyzed data, provided feedback, and identified ways to make school a better place. 

“Mariel is a hardworking, committed student who’s focused on achieving the academic and personal goals she has set for herself,” said her teacher Michael Fenick. “She makes a positive difference to the Bayside learning environment on a daily basis.”

In the short term, Mariel hopes to return to a traditional school setting. After school, she would like to become an anesthesiologist. 

She is grateful to her teacher Ms. Parsons, who she said likes things done correctly and well, and “will sit there all day to help me if I need it.”

Mariel advises other JCCS students to “have your mind set for the future. Know what you want and know the things that you are going to do. Don’t just talk – do it.” 

Each month, the San Diego County Board of Education recognizes a student from Juvenile Court and Community Schools at its regular meeting.


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