This post has been updated.
When Daniel Noriega was in the elementary school he cussed at teachers, he refused to do his work and he was sent home. Again and again.
Between the sixth and eighth grades, Noriega, who’s now a sophomore at E3 Civic High, was suspended about two dozen times by his count. One teacher told him he’d land in jail before he reached middle school. Another said they were wasting money keeping him in their school.
With the help of an afterschool program that prepares students for college, Noriega eventually shaped up. In fact, he said he’s now “doing it big” with a 4.0 grade point average and is working toward getting into a four-year university.