Today, we’re shining the #SeniorSpotlight extra bright on Gillian Dube. Over the last few weeks, Gillian has been running a porch photography project and raised more than $500 to provide food to all the workers at Good Samaritan Hospital from Haywards Deli.
Gillian has always had a love of photography and after reading about a similar project online, she started one in Sloatsburg. “At a time like this, I felt it was important to boost positivity and help those in need. I’ve been looking forward to second-semester senior year and this pause hasn’t been easy, and while we can’t leave our mark on the high school right now, I decided to do it for my neighborhood instead.”
Her initiative comes as no surprise. In her junior year at SHS, she helped form the Autism Awareness Club. The first year it had nine members and has now grown to over 70 members and they’ve donated more than $1000 to a local camp for autistic kids. She credits her growth as a leader and her successes throughout SHS to the club advisor, Mr. Chanowsky.
After graduation, Gillian plans to attend Springfield College with a dual major in health sciences and education and a minor in nutritional sciences. She will miss her teacher Mrs. Strenfel and the Child Psychology classroom the most after she graduates. “Mrs. Strenfel is one of the most influential people in my life. I have learned so much from her and she is one of the reasons I may want to be a teacher someday.”