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 Student Spotlight: Jennifer Quintero

This month's student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education is Jennifer Quintero, a senior at South County Community School.

Jennifer was picked for the recognition because she is a leader in the classroom whom her peers look up to and her teachers rely on, Principal Roberto Carrillo said.

"Jennifer is a fantastic student that truly enjoys participating in conversations and activities that further her knowledge of social concerns and inequities," he said. "She is very inquisitive and always wants to identify and understand a deeper meaning to the topics being covered."

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.

With a caring attitude, compassion, and empathy, Jennifer often encourages other students.

"The advice I would give a JCCS student would be to not follow the crowd and not goof around in class," she said. "Although the teenage years are fun, they are also the years that whatever you do, may affect you in the future."

Jennifer thanked her teachers at South County Community School and Career Technical Education Center, saying they never gave up on her.

"All of the teachers in JCCS have helped me through my journey," she said. "They have had patience with me, because I am a curious person who loves to ask a lot of questions, and they never move on until I understand."

When she graduates, Jennifer plans to enroll in the nursing program at San Diego City College. Eventually, she plans to become a registered nurse focused on working with children.

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.