A pair of Delavan-Darien High School students were recognized recently at Mercy Health System’s A Day of Difference event.
Senior Nasson Cano and junior Jenny Hoyord were selected for the honor and accompanied to a recognition ceremony at Geneva National April 19 by DDHS principal Mark Schmitt.
Students from throughout the area who receive the award are recognized for exhibiting exemplary characteristics of being intentionally committed to making a difference in their community and having a passion for helping those who may be less fortunate.
The purpose of A Day of Difference is to recognize and encourage young men and women from Walworth County high schools who make a difference in their community by sacrificially giving of their time, talents and financial resources.
Recipients of the award must exhibit the following characteristics:
- Intentional, wholehearted commitment to making a difference within their community;
- Specific passion for helping those who may be less fortunate;
- Sacrificially giving of their time, talents, and financial resources;
- Help raise awareness of specific needs;
- Inspire others to be more giving.
Schmitt wrote the nomination letters for Cano and Hoyord.
Cano is a Comet Mentor at DDHS and focuses his efforts on helping new students transition into high school, whether they are incoming eighth graders or new students who come in mid-year. In addition to speaking to freshmen on the first day of school, Cano helped at the DDHS Freshmen Welcome Night and gives tours throughout the year to newly-registered students.
Hoyord offers her time and energy to help kids living at Twin Oaks Shelter. After meeting a friend on the DDHS tennis team who lived there, Hoyord felt the need to help out. So, she used her sewing skills and started making “tie” blankets and baby blankets so the children at the shelter could have a personal belonging to take with them after the leave their temporary home at the shelter.
The Day of Difference event was created and organized by Mercy Foundation and Calvary Community Church.