First Posted: 2/24/2008

NOTE:NEW CLEVELAND — Danielle Schroeder doesn’t like to take a backseat.“I like taking charge and being a part of what’s going on,” said the Miller City High School senior. “I like planning events and fundraisers and making sure nothing goes wrong.”At Miller City, Schroeder serves as president of Student Council, vice president of the National Honor Society, and yearbook editor.She also is secretary of the Miller City Youth Group, comprised of young members of the New Cleveland Holy Family Catholic Church and St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Miller City.One of Schroeder’s favorite activities is participating in the annual Battle of the Youth competition.“Youth groups from all over the county and a few outside the county come together for all sorts of team games and activities,” Schroeder said.This year, the Miller City Youth Group team received the Spirit Award and won first place in points. It has won the Spirit Award three years in a row.“Our youth sponsor was pretty happy,” Schroeder said. “Winning first place isn’t a goal of ours. We go there every year just to win the Spirit Award. To us, it’s more of an accomplishment to be able to get other teams spirited and show real heart.”Last year, the youth group raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.“We got a tour of the hospital, and we met a boy from Ottoville there. It was awesome to see the kids happy. It’s such a happy place, so colorful and playful,” Schroeder said. “It makes you appreciate life.”At Miller City, Schroeder also is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Science Club.“We’re planning experiments to do with the kindergarteners for Science Club. We just do fun things,” she said.In sports, Schroeder played varsity soccer and basketball and is preparing for a new season in softball.In the summer, Schroeder has a full-time maintenance job at the school.In her spare time, she baby-sits and enjoys scrapbooking.Schroeder said she plans to attend The Ohio State University in Columbus to study speech pathology and audiology.

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