The JCCS student representatives on the San Diego County Board of Education for May and June were Eman, a senior at San Pasqual Academy (SPA), and Azaiah, a sophomore at Monarch School.
"Eman came to SPA on a mission to graduate," said Principal Suzanne Miyasaki. "Not only did she accomplish her academic goals, but she also participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball. Her positive, get-it-done attitude has paid off as she has just committed to San Francisco State."
Eman was grateful for the assistance she received from counselor Chris Toomey, who helped her believe she could graduate. She encourages other students to work through the challenges they face and to persevere.
Azaiah shared similar advice for his fellow students, telling them to never give up and stressing the importance of setting goals to achieve something.
"Azaiah is an amazing young man who, during quarantine, motivated his peers to continue their academics," said Tracy Rangel, Monarch School Project staff member. "Not only did he encourage them, he also took the time to be their support and help them understand the material that at times he had learned minutes before. He is an exceptional leader. I cannot wait to see what he will accomplish in the rest of his high school career."
A self-proclaimed quiet person, Azaiah says he still makes his presence known. He is honest and candid, and encourages his friends to do better. He plans to finish high school and explore various fields of study in college.
"Azaiah is realizing more and more every day the incredible potential that academics and hard work can offer him," teacher Mike Fenick said.
Azaiah shared there were a number of important people at Monarch who have encouraged him and provided help during his schooling, including Rangel, Coach Gyasi Redding, all his teachers, and his friends who motivated him to do his best.
Each month, the County Board of Education recognizes a student from JCCS 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.