Eneida Bustos, a junior at Dana Hills and president of the school’s Save Or Students Club, was honored by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey for her community service and leadership. Pictured (L to R) Todd Rusinkovich, Eneida Bustos and Mike Darnold. Courtesy photo
Eneida Bustos, a junior at Dana Hills and president of the school’s Save Or Students Club, was honored by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey for her community service and leadership. Pictured (L to R) Todd Rusinkovich, Eneida Bustos and Mike Darnold. Courtesy photo

By Andrea Papagianis

The way Mike Darnold, the intervention specialist at Dana Hills High School, describes Eneida Bustos it is no wonder the young woman and president of the school’s S.O.S. Club was recognized by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey for her community service and efforts to protect local beaches.

“Eneida is the epitome of a leader,” Darnold said. “She is surprisingly shy, very humble and has learned how to delegate, but the kids love following her lead. She does what she says, and leads with integrity and character … accepting all people without prejudice or judgment.”

More than 80 students participated in the Save Our Students Dana Point club, or S.O.S. DP, last year.  Through community volunteering and hosting beach bonfires, the organization reaches out and provides students with pressure free options for fun, Darnold said.

Over the course of Bustos’s time in the club, she has coordinated student volunteer efforts at the city’s summer events, the Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle and cleanups at area beaches, helping the club’s 89 members reach a total of 1,355 volunteer hours over the last nine months.

On Tuesday, in front of her peers, Darnold and the club’s faculty adviser Todd Rusinkovich, also the Dolphins varsity football coach, presented the junior with a certificate of recognition from the California State Assembly, signed by Harkey.

“Eneida has been instrumental in the amazing growth in membership and community service provided over the last year with our club,” Darnold said.

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