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Students spend summer giving back to the community

Posted on: September 5, 2016
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Penelope Sheehan and Rakan Munjed

Two Oak Hills students, Penelope Sheehan and Rakan Munjed, dedicated a good portion of their summer giving back to their community at large. They both volunteered at the UC Health.

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s VolunTeen Program is an opportunity for our tri-state teens, ages 14 to 18, to participate in the hospital environment as volunteers in many capacities while learning about the careers potentially available to them. Penelope contributed 136.25 hours of service from June 10 – August 12, 2016 and Rakan Munjed contributed 70.75 hours of service during the same time frame.

“Volunteering at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for that past two summers has been a wonderful experience that has opened up a lot of different opportunities for me to explore the medical field,” Sheehan said. “It combines my two true passions: healthcare and helping people.”

“While some people enjoy spending their summers relaxing on a beach, I prefer to spend mine assisting patrons in the hospital,” she added.

Both Highlander students plan to pursue careers in the medical field so this was part of their motivation for volunteering. They both also learned the value of volunteering, and becoming good citizens within the community that they actively participate.

“The experience I gained from this opportunity is priceless, I got to help people and connect with them,” Rakan shared. “This opportunity has solidified my dream of pursuing a career in the medical field.”

Congratulations on your accomplishments, Penelope and Rakan, and thank you for supporting our community and representing our school and district in such a positive way.