Get to know the town: Adrianna Nelson

Graduating Lake Forest High School senior Adrianna Nelson recently earned the title of Young Person Role Model of the Year thanks to her work with Delaware Hospice.
 Graduating Lake Forest High School senior Adrianna Nelson was recently awarded the honor of Young Person Role Model of the Year for her work with Delaware Hospice. Special to The Journal

Graduating Lake Forest High School senior Adrianna Nelson was recently awarded the honor of Young Person Role Model of the Year for her work with Delaware Hospice. Special to The Journal

Name: Adrianna Nelson

Age: 18-years- old

Occupation: Lake Forest High School graduate

Educational plans: University of Delaware for art history

Tell us about your honor:

“I received the Young Person Role Model of the Year award for my work with Delaware Hospice through Christiana Care. I was nominated, so I applied, sent in a photo and [wrote] about what I do with hospice and outside of hospice. I don’t see myself as the role model of the year, but it’s an amazing honor.”

Can you tell us about your dad?

“My dad was diagnosed [with colon cancer] when I was in seventh grade, then he passed away two days into starting high school. Starting high school is hard enough anyways. But then I was going through that. I missed school, and was behind because of it. I was 13 when he passed away.”

Why do you volunteer at Camp New Hope?

“One of the hardest things is when people tell you they understand exactly what you’re going through, and they don’t. But the people at Camp New Hope had been through exactly what I went through, so that’s why I go back to volunteer.”

Where do you see yourself in five years?

“Hopefully out of school…It would be nice if I had no debt! Either getting my Master’s degree in museum studies or my first art curating job, whichever comes first.”

So you use this experience to share with others?

“I want them to know that they’re not alone. It was so much for me to comprehend at 14-yearsold. I learned that when you grieve, you don’t grieve just losing the person. You grieve all the things you’re not going to have. Graduation is going to be hard, but I know he’s here. He has the best seat.”

What do you do outside of Delaware Hospice:

“I was in drama at school: I’m a Thespian. I like to paint and I am in the school’s jui jitsu club. I like the TSA club [Technology Students of America] and the robotics club, which goes hand in hand with TSA.”

Tell us about your experience in Lake Forest?

“I had a pretty good experience. I liked most of my teachers and everyone was pretty supportive, especially after the loss of my dad. We had lots of involvement in the community, which helped us experience new things.”

What would you tell the Class of 2016?

“I feel like no matter what you do, you should follow your heart to make a difference. Even if you think you’re not making a difference, you’ve made a difference to at least one person.”

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