Jennifer Neri a senior at Estancia High school was awarded the Superintendent's 2019 Character Trait Award for citizenship.
A total of six students from six different high schools were awarded the Superintendent's 2019 Character Trait Award, with each student representing a different trait. Jennifer Neri will be given a banner with her picture and her trait of citizenship which will hang in front of the attendance office at Estancia forever. It's also being hung in the NMUSD office for a year. Jennifer Neri is the fourth student from Estancia High School to be awarded the Superintendent’s 2019 Character Trait Award. A few other students from Estancia High School who have received the award are Emily Kubisty, James Brown, and Yvonne Padilla. Emily was awarded fairness, James was awarded Citizenship, and Yvonne was awarded responsibility in 2018, 2018 and 2017 respectively.
Neri received the award while she was in class and said, “I got nervous because I don't like being the center of attention and having 30 students as well as staff staring, and being talked about is not really my suit. I’d rather do things than just be like recognized in front of so many people, but it did feel awkward to have the cameras. I didn't know if I should keep smiling or look to my feet or my peers.” Neri's club, Acts of random kindness (A.R.K.) contributed to her receiving the award. Her club does events around school like putting sticky notes on lockers with nice comments. Neri said, "sometimes we wake up on the bad side and seeing a nice comment can make someone's day and change their decision for the day or life in general." She's also the Senior Class President meaning she sets up events and speaks with the administration and the PTSA. Neri claims this could have contributed to her receiving the award as well.
Reporter: Brian Luna