The San Diego County Board of Education student representative for January was Noemy Linares, a junior at La Mesa Community School.
She said it was an honor to receive the recognition at the Jan. 10 meeting.
Noemy is a role model at the school, Principal Valentin Escanuela said.
"Noemy is special in many ways," he said. "She helps out other students, and even staff. She inspires our learning community with her calm, generous, responsible demeanor."
Noemy has attended the school for more than a year. She said the people at the school have helped to motivate her to succeed.
Her advice to her classmates is to never give up.
When she graduates from high school, Noemy said she hopes to open a cosmetics business.
La Mesa Community School is part of San Diego County Office of Education's Juvenile Court and Community Schools program. It serves students in grades 8 through 12 who are referred by probation, social services or school district officials. The goal at the school is to help students prepare to return to their residential school districts.
Photo: Noemy is pictured with San Diego County Board of Education member Alicia Muñoz at the board's Jan. 10 meeting.