This is one in a series of profiles this school year of students who are nominated by teachers and chosen by editors as best exemplifying the six character pillars: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and citizenship.
School: Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs
Hometown: Coral Springs
Juan Rivera, a defensive end on his school’s football team, is a self-described “big guy” who says he tries to bring good vibes to the school.
“I try to be approachable,” he says.
That attitude isn’t surprising to those who know him. They say Juan has a big heart.
Latrell Carr, school counselor: Juan embodies kindness and citizenship. He is finely attuned to the feelings of his peers. I have witnessed him, many times, offer words of encouragement and comfort. He is respectful of himself, his peers and the staff. He is that role model student we hope to develop.
A specific example of Juan’s impact is that, when dealing with the tragic death of a teammate, Juan served as a leader in comforting and counseling other students. He even had the courage to speak at a school-wide assembly and continues to show strength and compassion.
Juan approaches everything he does with honor and integrity. He never takes the short cuts academically or personally. He is a gentleman and a role model. He reaches out to students who are struggling, offering help and friendship. Juan is kindness personified.
Fabio and Maria Rivera, parents: Juan is a person who thinks of the future. He is a good person, always helping other people around him. He is very smart, very quiet. He is a great leader. He is doing everything the right way.
Juan Rivera: I do these deeds not to just help my peers, but also the administrators and staff. I try to be a leader. I try to bring good vibes to the school. I’m a big guy. I play defensive end. I try to be approachable as I can be.
I am a scholar athlete. I focus on representing my family. My parents are my everything. I am moving forward and going to college. The way they brought me up is to ensure that I have the determination to accomplish my goals. They have always been by my side.
Right now, it’s not defined where I will be attending college. I will be pursing both a football career and academics. I am planning to major in neuroscience.