Surprised and confused—“Why me?”—was how The School for Creative Studies senior John Cabrera reacted when Principal Renee Price told him he was The Herald-Sun Durham Public Schools Student of the Month for August. A committee of SCS leaders, teachers and school counselors selected Cabrera for this honor.
“John is more than deserving of being honored as student of the month because he has truly made it his mission to learn. He is the type of student whose hardworking nature inspires me, and makes me want to work harder as well,” said SCS school counselor Tiffany Brown. “I appreciate having the opportunity to be a part of his journey and look forward to seeing all the amazing things he will achieve in the future.”
Cabrera holds a 3.9 GPA and will be a first-generation college student. He hopes to attend UNC-Charlotte to study computer science.
“Working with computers and programming have always interested me,” said Cabrera. “When I get a new app on my phone, I am always looking into how it works and how the developers created it.”
While at The School for Creative Studies Cabrera has been a member of the Young Male Achievers club, actively involved in the school’s film program, and a participant in the Sister Cities program where he spent 10 days in China last year with a group from the school. Outside of school, Cabrera spends his time volunteering at his church and the Emily K. Center.
Cabrera is motivated to do well in school by his parents and his desire to set a good example for his younger brother Daniel, a junior at DPS’s City of Medicine Academy.
The Herald-Sun is proud to sponsor the Durham Public Schools Student of the Month program.