This month's student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education is Andrea, a senior at Monarch School.
Andrea is motivated to keep busy at Monarch, participating on the volleyball team, associated student body, college club, Friday Night Live, and Young Life.
Each month, the County Board of Education recognizes a student from the San Diego County Office of Education's (SDCOE) Juvenile Court and Community Schools program at its regular meeting.
"In addition to giving the board a chance to honor a student, participation in the meeting also gives students valuable experience in leadership," said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools.
Andrea hopes to become a pediatrician. She plans to go to Point Loma Nazarene University before continuing to medical school.
She recommends her classmates focus on all that they have done instead of being upset about what they didn't do.
"Don't let little things backtrack you," she said. "Just keep moving forward."
SDCOE's Juvenile Court and Community Schools 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.
Photo: Andrea with Board Member Mark Powell at the Oct. 19 County Board of Education meeting.