She can write! She can dance! She can help you with both! You guessed it: IHA senior Danielle LaTesta is an all around exemplary IHA girl and is constantly striving to better herself and everyone around her.
Danielle’s main focus has always been dance. She started dancing at a very young age, and has committed herself to dancing at her studio, Empire of the Performing Arts for over 16 hours a week. Danielle dances at a competitive level and understands the dedication that it requires to be able to commit yourself to a sport. She also dances for IHA’s Varsity Dance team.
Mrs. Sarah Shutrop, Director of Campus Ministry and Varsity Dance Coach, explains “Danielle is not only a talented dancer but has gone above and beyond to lead our team to success in its first two seasons. She is a team player who is always about what is best for the good of the group.”
Because of her love of dance, Danielle dedicates her time and effort to her dance studio to helping other young students learn how to dance. A few hours each week, Danielle works as a student teacher at Edie’s Dance Factory teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop.
In addition to her dedication to dance, Danielle also took part in the IHA mission trip as a rising senior, during which she completed many hours of service to give back to the community. The mission trip was an awesome opportunity to jumpstart her service hours for her senior year and allowed for a humbling start to the “beginning of the end”.
As she looks back on her four years at IHA, Danielle comments that “There is nothing truly like the community of IHA’s sisterhood. The friendships that I have made here and a strong sense of self are what I will be able to look back on my time in high school and smile.”
Danielle will be taking her enthusiasm and passion to James Madison University where she will major in health sciences. We wish you the best of luck next year. Go Dukes!
By: Emily Bommer’18, Arts and Entertainment Editor