Woodbridge Teen Honored For Academics & Service

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Dannah Laguitan

Dannah Laguitan

ELIZABETH—Dannah Laguitan, a senior at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, enjoyed a day of twofold acknowledgement and honors when she was recognized by her school’s administrators, faculty and students recently.

The Woodbridge resident was inducted into the Academy’s chapter of the National Honor Society during a student assembly, and, on the same day, received the school’s Jefferson “Student in Action Unsung Hero Award” for the month of December for “taking initiative beyond the ordinary”.

Laguitan excels not only in academics, she thrives on helping others. This includes tutoring students in mathematics at her parish, St. James R.C. Church in Woodbridge, where she is also an altar server; visiting the elderly at the Roosevelt Care Center in Edison; and coaching youth basketball- specifically, the Woodbridge Recreation Travel Team. She has poured her creative energies into helping her school’s Campus Ministry Department make videos to fight the scourge of Human Trafficking in society, a problem which Benedictine Academy has pledged to help abolish. Laguitan also loves to bake- especially, cupcakes. No matter what the occasion at school, she always arrives with a few dozen to share with her fellow classmates. All this while maintaining high honors at the Academy, and participating in various extra-curricular activities.

When asked why she is so focused on helping others, Laguitan reflected that to her, it is “just natural” to “do all these things”. “I don’t necessarily think of it as service, it is just something I want and like to do,” she commented. Laguitan, who found time last summer to take a two-week course in engineering at Kettering University in Michigan, hopes she will be accepted at Harvard University following high school graduation. She plans to have a career in engineering so that she can work with technology “to better the world”.

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