The student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education for October was Adrian, a sophomore at Monarch School.
Adrian has remained dedicated to his studies during the pandemic, consistently being present during distance learning.
“He’s super positive and kind, open to taking on new challenges and learning new things, a proud member of Monarch’s dance crew, a proud member of the LGBT community, and fiercely defends others against hateful language or exclusivity,” said his science teacher, Aliza Cruz. “This kid is one of the highlights of my day.”
Adrian plans to study marine biology in college, but also wants to pursue another passion that he’s had since he was young - dance. He wants to open up a dance studio with his cousin, Jaimee, where they can teach together.
His advice for fellow students is to “not give up, and if you put your mind to something, you can do it,” he said.
“I always thought I wasn’t good enough,” Adrian said. “But I didn’t stop. I picked myself up and got to work.”
He said teacher assistant Gabby Ybarra has had a major impact on his success, being by his side and helping him figure out how to be successful in his school work.
Monarch School serves homeless students in grades K-12 who live in San Diego County. It's one of the San Diego County Office of Education's Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS).
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.