Cierra Espinosa was honored with the September La Cuesta Student of the Month.
 
Cierra Espinosa was honored with the La Cuesta Student of the Month award for September 2019. The award is given to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic and personal achievement and who are nominated by their teachers.
 
James Bedard, La Cuesta High School’s Dean of Students, said “Cierra came from San Marcos High School as a sophomore and with a chip on her shoulder. She has since grown into an amazing young lady. She serves on the Principal’s Advisory Committee and inspires new students. Cierra overcame adversity and made a home at La Cuesta.”
 
Cierra shared, “Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way, especially Mr. Bedard who listened and wanted me to be better. Thank you for this award and opportunity.”
 
The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara Sunrise is committed to supporting youth organizations and youth-serving programs in Santa Barbara County. Beginning in 1999, the club sponsored the Student of the Month program at El Puente Community School until the school closed in 2013. This is the third year for our Student of the Month program at La Cuesta Continuation High School.
 
La Cuesta Continuation High School is a comprehensive alternative education program offering a variety of instructional options to meet the educational needs of students. Classes are kept small to allow interaction and an exchange of ideas between students and teachers and between students themselves. As well as cooperative and collaborative classroom activities, each student’s individual educational needs are recognized and incorporated into the structured school day. The school is part of the Santa Barbara Unified School District and is led by Lauren Berlin, Principal, and Susan Snyder, Guidance Counselor.