MIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) - Superstar students in Miami-Dade got some much-deserved recognition.

Miami Lakes Educational Center senior Jassmin Barrientos will now be heading to school in a new 2022 Toyota.

Superintendent Alberto Carvahlo handed off the keys to the young lady who has beat the odds.

She is a part of the district’s project up-start which supports students experiencing homelessness.

Barrientos said she doesn’t always know where she’ll sleep at night.

She goes to school, then works until 11 p.m.

The superintendent recognized her and four other students who have exceled in the classroom despite struggles in their home life.

Barrientos, along with four other students, also received a check for $1,000.

“Jassmin, you don’t get an envelope,” Carvalho said. “You get a certificate of achievement. Let’s drive that baby up, and you get a vehicle.”

Barrientos came from Colombia a few years ago with her sister and a lot of drive.

“I Uber everyday to work and everywhere I go, and it’s just difficult,” she said, “but I think about my sisters, and I love them so much. I just wanna be OK for them, and I wanna make it for them.”

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