Every week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valley students with awesome character.
In Tulare, you can find the Alice G. Mulcahy Middle School Student Body President in front of a green screen.
Eighth grader Marcela Pena is an anchor for the Mulcahy Broadcasting Team. She’s not only an anchor on camera, but also as Student Body President she is a strong anchor on campus.
“Being President feels great because people look up to me,” said Marcela Pena. “It makes me feel special because I like to help others.”
Marcela is all about her student body. She adds:
“I want everyone to feel loved and special and it’s really important to me that other people feel like that. I really care about my friends and other scholars at my school.”
Her Mulcahy Middle School Tech Teacher, Katy Thompson, said you won’t find a more inclusive student than Marcela.
“So loving and caring and has a good sense of humor, ” Katy Thompson said. “She wants things to go fair and right for students no matter who they are, and that is so special in Middle School.”
Whether it’s starting her school’s new recyling program or making sure every kid is included in the yearbook, this young woman is determined to make a difference.
“She is always very focused on her work, and even though she may be on her worst day, she is very focused and she tries her best,” Marcela’s classmate, Ahtziri Tejeda said. “If one person needs something she goes around the class and asks if anyone else needs something.”
When asked what the word “character” means to Marcela, she said:
“That word means to me to show who you are. Character is the person you are without people seeing you.”
Marcela Pena of Alice G. Mulcahy School shows us why Your Character Matters.