If anyone is having a tough day, a conversation with Daniel Rollock might just clear those rain clouds over their head and provide a little sunshine. He uses his positive energy to benefit others through his busy schedule of multiple activities and projects he does every week.
One of the activities he participates in is the Boy Scouts of America program . Many young boys join this group at a young age, but quit before long. Daniel, however, and a couple of other young lads, have been going at it since first grade and intend to complete the entire experience with the Eagle Project, which is a final service project the Boy Scouts perform to finalize their journey through the program. For his project, he has decided to catalog and organize his church’s communion and confirmation records. He plans to finish this before he graduates.
Daniel can also be seen around the school with his cello and bow. He has been a member of the orchestra since the fourth grade. He participated in the West Lafayette High School Symphony Orchestra for the past two years as well, and assisted in bringing them to fourth place in state competition last year.
“He is a very talented player, and always gives good ideas. He involves everybody and has helped make the class a good experience,” said Julianna Holt, ’14 who is a fellow cello player.
Sharing his talents in multiple areas, he is the Secretary of the Anime Club, under President Melinda Crane ’14 and Vice President Phoebe Moh ’14.
“He’s very knowledgeable about popular anime and gives good information to the group,” Crane said. She felt grateful to have him in her ranks.
Anime Club meets every so often and watches, discusses and draws anime. Daniel is in charge of getting information regarding the club into the announcements and managing the club’s funds. They have been hoping to attend an Anime Convention, but have not been able to raise the funds quite yet.
Daniel is also a member of the West Lafayette Youth Council. He said that he enjoys it, because it “helps him understand how West Lafayette works in the background.” He also enjoyed working with the talent show last year and was excited to see what West Lafayette Students had to offer.
Daniel’s philosophy in time management has been that: “If it is important, I’ll make time for it.” He says that he enjoys all of the things he does and that they all bring something different into his life. He would not do anything
if it was just a scholarship booster to him.
Daniel plans on applying to colleges such as Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Boston University in Massachusetts. He wants to go into the field of History and become a high school history teacher. His favorite teacher throughout his high school career has been Mr. Fultz and he hopes to follow in his footsteps.
“Daniel is great with kids, and has lots of personality and positive energy to bring into the classroom,” said Mr. Fultz in reference to Daniel’s potential teaching skills.
So, fellow students, if you see Daniel in the hallways make sure to stop and get to know him a little bit more. But don’t talk for too long, he is a busy, busy guy.