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 Student Spotlight: Emily

This month's student representative to the San Diego County Board of Education has taken every opportunity she can to grow and learn.

Emily, who recently graduated from Monarch School, has participated in an internship program, Associated Student Body, music club, and cooking club. She has also led tours of the school.

"She embodies leadership, generosity, empathy and curiosity," Principal Joe Wiseman said. "She is truly a leader among her peers. 

Emily plans to attend CSU San Marcos, pursuing a career in graphic design, media arts, and film. Her dream job is to be an animator for Disney and then to branch out and create her own studio like her hero, Hayoa Miyazaki.

Emily said she wanted to stress the importance of education to her peers and to thank Megan Turner, college and career coordinator at Monarch School, for her support.

"She has helped me apply to college and motivated me to apply for scholarships," Emily said. "She even took me on a tour to CSUSM so I could make a decision about going there next year."

The County Board of Education honored Emily on June 13 as the student board representative for June.

Each month, the board 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 like Emily a valuable experience in leadership," said Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools.

Monarch School is a K-12 public school serving the needs of children impacted by homelessness. The only school of its kind in the county, Monarch is a unique public-private partnership between SDCOE and the nonprofit Monarch School Project. The County Office provides teachers and an accredited education program, and the Project supplements this program through academic and enrichment programs including an after-school program, expressive arts therapy, and counseling.

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.