The student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education for January was Thomas, a senior at Cuyamaca Prep Community School.
During his time with the Cuyamaca Prep independent study program, Thomas has developed many positive relationships with classmates and staff, and has worked hard to balance his school and work schedule. He is focused on graduating from high school, pursuing a career in nursing, and has participated in various college field trips to learn more about local programs.
“During the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thomas's commitment to his goal of becoming a nurse and serving his community is even more poignant,” said Principal Roberto Carrillo. “We are very proud of all that he has accomplished as a JCCS student and we know that he will make a meaningful impact on his community through his commitment to helping others.”
Thomas said the East Region Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) team has been very supportive of his goals.
“They provided many resources, opportunities, and [expressed] genuine interest in me that made me aware of what was available for me," Thomas said. “I would like to thank them all, especially my teacher Alicia McBride, Lindsay Sullivan, Maria Padilla, and Cuyamaca College.”
He encourages other students to take advantage of the resources and opportunities available at their school to help them succeed.
Cuyamaca Prep Community School offers a blended and independent study program in partnership with Cuyamaca Community College for students in grades 7 through 12 referred by probation, social services or school district officials. It's part of the San Diego County Office of Education's JCCS program.
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.