The student representative on the San Diego County Board of Education for September was Angel, a sophomore at South County Technical Academy.
Angel has made a "complete 180 turn" with his attitude toward school since starting there a year ago. When he finishes high school, Angel wants to go to college to learn to engineer video games.
His advice for fellow students is to stay focused and do their work.
He said his teacher, Jessica Nunez has been supportive and helped him stay focused on his academic goals.
"Her positivity and encouragement helped me a lot," he said.
South County Technical Academy is a blended and independent-study program in National City for students in grades 9 through 12 who were referred by probation. 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.