Jennifer Quintero loves to learn and is always asking questions.
Those traits have made her a natural leader at South County Community School, where she's a junior.
Jennifer was recognized last month by the County Board of Education as this quarter's Winners' Circle award recipient. The award honors Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) students who have made outstanding progress and achievement.
She thanked her teachers at South County Community School and Career Technical Education Center who never gave up on her.
"They always find a way to help you and make you a better person," she said. "JCCS is a chance for kids to reach their goals. They provide us with so many opportunities."
After she graduates, Jennifer plans to go to Southwestern College to begin her studies in medicine.
The San Diego County Office of Education's JCCS program educates nearly 5,000 students each year who are either wards of the court or have been referred by social services, probation, or one of the county's 42 school districts. Services are provided at more than 20 sites across the county to students who are incarcerated, pregnant or parenting, in foster care, expelled, chronically truant, in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children, and experiencing homelessness.