The National Honor Society requires a minimum of 20 service hours over the course of the school year, but senior Danielle Cleveland went above and beyond 20 hours. This school year alone, Cleveland logged 113 hours of service; 92 for NHS and 21 for Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).
An active member of many clubs, Cleveland served as the president for HOSA, Relay for Life, and Psychology Club. While she held leadership roles in those three clubs, Cleveland was also a student trainer and logged hours in the training room almost every day of the week, including weekends.
Cleveland’s favorite project she volunteered for was the Operation Christmas Child warehouse, where she, along with senior Elizabeth Thompson, “went through boxes for people around the world who don’t get a lot of stuff.”
Cleveland was also a mentor to new NHS members. She worked with them to feel comfortable and encouraged them to carry out many service projects.
“She changes the whole aspect of whatever we’re doing and always wants the best for everyone, which is something you don’t see a lot of today,” mentees Jillian Bennett said. “She’s one of those people that makes others want to work hard as well by showing her hard work and dedication.”
NHS mentor Elizabeth Cannizzo enjoyed working beside Cleveland.
“She is really nice and good at organizing for our NHS projects,” Cannizzo said. “So far, we have done six projects this year, and she is always helpful and knowledgeable about different ways to help out.”
NHS recognized her as an outstanding member of the society when they named her the member of the month.
“Cleveland, without being asked, will ‘stop by to see if there is anything we need,” NHS adviser Sharon Krasny said. “She is always available and a leader among those who serve.”
Cleveland believed that all of the service she has done has shaped who she is through her experiences with different cultures, beliefs and economic levels.
“I personally know how hard it is sometimes doing daily things, and I have help from so many people here at Kettle Run,” Cleveland said. “That’s why I like to help out as much as I do. I know how much I struggle, so I like to help lessen that for other people.”
She hoped to inspire and teach others how giving your own time and efforts can become one of the greatest rewards in life.
“I hope students see how many possibilities are available even in a samll town to help further your values in any career,as my volunteering is versatile,” Cleveland said. “I also want to show [students] how many people need or want help in our small town.”
As for the future, Cleveland plans to attend Christopher Newport University in the fall to study either biology or neuroscience. Cleveland hopes to one day secure a job at Brookside’s long-term care facility as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).