For the month of February, Dr. Ball was honored to award JECA senior Dayanara Gutierrez the Superintendent Shining Star Award. Dayanara carries a full load when it comes to schoolwork, she is a member of the National Honor Society, president of the JECA Media Club, youth group leader, as well as being employed in the evening and weekends. Dayanara is currently completing all her high school and college courses virtually, “I can’t believe you came all the way here, just to award me!” she said. She was surprised to hear a knock at the door and see Dr. Ball along with JECA principal Dr. Juarez and her teacher Mr. Martinez standing on her doorstep with balloons and her award.
Dayanara struggled in her primary years due to language barriers but has never let that stop her. She is a self-starter and goal-oriented leader. She is extremely motivated and has a very dedicated family who has pushed her to be the student she is today. Dayanara will be a first-generation college student and has committed to start school at Sam Houston State University in the Fall where she will major in Criminal Justice. Congratulations to Dayanara Gutierrez, from JECA, for receiving the February Superintendent Shining Star award!