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 Student Spotlight: Donesha

The student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education in January was Donesha, a senior in the independent study program at Cuyamaca Prep Community School.

Donesha was selected for this honor because she is a passionate leader, committed learner, and talented artist. 

Through the Pathways to Justice Careers for Youth Program, Donesha gained employment after attending a recent job fair. While working, she has turned in the most assignments in the independent study program and has the highest grades. 

Her artistic abilities were showcased recently where she created a beautiful Japanese landscape in scratch art, a captivating Japanese woman with parasol in acrylics, and used a wood burning tool to design an image of each of her family members on a wooden box.

“Donesha is kind, intelligent, a friend to everyone, and is a leader among leaders in our program,” said Principal Valentin Escanuela. “She is a joy to have in our learning community.”

Her passion for helping others is why she is studying to become a registered nurse. 

Donesha credits teacher Sonya Moreno with helping her during her journey. Moreno assisted Donesha in securing a job, visiting UCLA, visiting Cox Cable, and is a great mentor and guide in her life.

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.

Donesha is pictured with Board of Education President Alicia Muñoz.