Diamond Bar High School junior Josh DeSoto-Rivera was honored with the Super Star Student Award.
“I want to recognize Josh for the growth he has shown through the past years. He really didn’t have any goals and didn’t see the intrinsic reward of a good education. As a sophomore, he entered the Pathways Communications Academy,” Principal Catherine Real said.
“It is a great program, now 17 years-old, that offers our kids a school within a school opportunity. It incorporates concepts of multiple intelligences, career guidance, interactive instruction and applied learning – all while focusing on interpersonal relationships,” Real explained.
The curriculum includes a broad spectrum of college prep and career tech electives as well as a steering committee of local businessmen and educational institutions who work closely with students.
“The program offers an opportunity for real life experiences and it makes students aware and competitive in today’s job force. Because of this program, I think Josh saw the light,” Real explained.
Josh’s teachers and Grade Level Coordinator (GLC) also formed a partnership to ensure is success.
“His behavior, attendance and grades have improved. And I’m sure we’ll see more growth during the next year and a half. And his career goal is to become a chef,” Real said.
P.E. Teacher Mr. John Martin confirmed that Josh has become more motivated in class. “He is great!” he added.
“Josh is a really a neat kid with a quiet confident spirit,” said GLC Mrs. Julie Salas. “There is a place on campus affectionately called Joshua Park. Somehow his presence there has transformed it into a place of calmness and serenity,” she described.