The student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education in September was Irene, a junior at Victoria Community School.
Interim principal Dyane Plumly says that Irene is very involved in the various opportunities available to her through school, including acting with the Playwrights Project, and kayaking, snorkeling, and rock climbing with Outdoor Outreach. She is also concurrently enrolled at the community college and wants to continue there after graduation to explore her options.
“What really stands out about Irene is her leadership and how she helps her peers understand their work,” Plumly said.
She advises her fellow students to be patient – that she knows it can be stressful, but they’ll get through it.
Although she’s only been at the school for six months, she says that three of her teachers, Brian Aquino, Erika Palicki, and Patrick Jaramillo, have helped her the most by encouraging her to do better and be better.
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.
Victoria Community School works in cooperation with the Sweetwater Union High School District and Episcopal Community Services to provide blended independent study to pregnant and parenting teens in the South Bay area, ages 12 to 17, and their children.