Bedford High School senior Danielle DiGangi is the recipient of this year’s Marion Bryan Citizenship Award, sponsored by the Bedford Minuteman Company.
The Minutemen presented the award as part of Saturday’s liberty pole-capping ceremonies.
DiGangi’s resume as a volunteer is long and broad. As described during the presentation, “Early in the pandemic, she sewed nearly 1,000 masks and donated them to essential workers and people in need.”
Other volunteer activities range from Relay for Life, Special Olympics, and Best Buddies to Meals on Wheels, youth soccer, and the VA Hospital in Bedford.
“Danielle has a passion for helping others and having a positive impact on the community,” according to the presentation.
Bryan, who died in December 2021, served as a substitute teacher in the Bedford schools for more than 40 years, retiring at age 93. In a profile on the Bedford Minuteman Company website, she explains, “I share ideas with the students on the value of learning and how to get the most out of their education by telling them they are their own best teacher.”
“I had the privilege of knowing Ms. Bryan during my years at John Glenn Middle School,” DiGangi said in her acceptance remarks Saturday. “When students would walk into a room and discover Ms. Bryan was the substitute teacher, they would immediately feel a sense of excitement because she always made every lesson fun and had a wealth of life skills to share. She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. ”
A member of the National Honor Society, DiGangi is captain of the tennis team and also played varsity soccer. She is president of the Red Kettle Club, a division of the Salvation Army, and serves as a mentor in the BHS academic achievement center.
DiGangi’s college choice is imminent, but she says it will be a four-year university where she can major in marketing and psychology.