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MHHS Senior Receives President's Volunteer Service Award

 Principal Goode and Danielle Barton
Danielle Barton, Mission Hills High School Senior, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Throughout her high school career, Danielle has completed a great deal of community service.  She has volunteered her time to helping special needs classes, and she currently participates in a program at Palomar Hospital - the Pathmaker Internship Program.   
"It's a really amazing program," Danielle stated.  "They teach you bedside needs, communication, and building a team.  I'm learning how to interact with patients - to make them feel better emotionally, rather than just physically.  Some days you're just going to feel horrible.  If someone can actually make your day better, it's going to make the recovery process a lot better." 
The Mission Hills High School Senior plans on attending Grand Canyon University next year, and ultimately to pursue a career in the healthcare industry.  
The Prudential Spirit of Community Award selects recipients based on the criteria of their volunteer activities involving personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact, and personal growth.  Upon finding out that one of his students received this award, Principal Goode commented, "I was incredibly proud.  I've given out a lot of awards during my time here, but I've never given one that was signed by the President.  It was pretty exciting."