Headland High School
Daniela Lucario is a senior at Headland High School. Daniela was born here in the United States, but her father immigrated to this country. In fact, Daniela had the privilege of watching her father finally become a U.S. citizen this past February. The youngest of four siblings, family is important to Daniela. For all the children, Daniela’s parents set an example of working hard and being loyal to those who help you along the way.
During her middle school years, Daniela was the victim of bullying at school. Her parents subsequently make the decision to homeschool Daniela during her 8th grade year. Daniela always intended to return to public high school, and she did so at the start of 10th grade. From this time away from school. Daniels learned the importance of treating everyone kindly and with respect. She now understands that life is not about having a large number of friends, but about having sincere friends of quality.
Daniela is devoted to community service, with a passion for supporting local law enforcement. She and her family founded the “12 Days of Christmas” project for their local police department in 2015, delivering small gifts and homemade goodies to the local police force to show appreciation for their service. Daniela has been a participant in the Police Explorer—a program for young people interested in law enforcement—for the last five years. She routinely volunteers to wear the program’s mascot costumes for parades and community events where children will be present.
As a member of the Headland High School marching band, Daniela had the honor of marching in Gov. Kay Ivey’s 2019 Inaugural Parade, as well as performing at the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Maryland. She belongs to the Future Business Leaders of America, the Health Occupations Student Association, the Leo Club and her school’s Student Government Association. A member of Trinity Baptist Church, Daniela serves her church in many capacities.
Daniela volunteers with Special Olympics. Specifically, she works with a group of gymnasts called “The Dothan Divas.” In 2019, Daniela was selected to chaperone fourteen children in the group for an overnight stay in guest dorms. The fact that the parents of these special needs students trusted her to care for them speaks volumes about how Daniela is regarded by her community.
Upon graduation, Daniela plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Business Management or Marketing. She is already regarded as the “secretary” for her family, keeping everything organized and everybody on schedule.
For her perseverance in the face of adversity and alienation—and the wisdom to let the experiences make her a stronger person, Daniela is recognized by her school and our state as one of the five 2020 Young Heroes of Alabama.