LINDSAY, Calif. - Every week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valley students with great character.
This week we head to Lindsay High School, where you can often find the Associated Student Body President, Andrew Ventura, giving tours of his school.
"I really like this campus, it is a very beautiful campus," Senior and ASB President, Andrew Ventura said. "It is an open quad here and we do a lot of things here."
Andrew takes a lot of pride in his high school and has a goal of making every student feel included.
"I want to get the students who struggle, or don't want to go to school, don't like school -- I want to get them involved," Ventura said.
An Athlete and ASB President, you'd think Andrew has it all. Andrew's big focus is not on himself, but everyone else.
"He's always talking to people, introducing himself, he is always happy, he just brings a positive vibe to the school," Andrew's classmate Chris Orozco said.
Andrew takes time to hang out with resource students from Lindsay High School's special education class.
He even started a Make-A-Wish week on campus where students with special needs each got to make a wish.
"It's just one way for them to express themselves and do something they always wanted to do," Ventura said.
Andrew's ASB advisor, Katryn Gonzales, said he is always looking out for the little guy.
"He is very outgoing and very outspoken," Mrs. Gonzales said. "He has a tender heart for people who are disadvantaged, or are looking for ways to get involved in school, but just don't know how."
Andrew may only be 17-years-old, but he posses wisdom well beyond his years. He adds:
"Stay positive and be thankful for what you have. Thank God and thank your mom and dad, your guardian, anyone who is looking out for you and really cares about you."
Andrew Ventura of Lindsay High School shows us why Your Character Matters.