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Posted: February 16, 2020

Selfless Senior Spotlight: Daniel Benitez De Luna

Meet Daniel Benitez De Luna of Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, 2020 Selfless Senior!

"'But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on the right cheek turn the other to him also.' - Matthew 5:39. This is the ideology I try to enact day in and day out. Throughout the past four years, I've dedicated myself to not only helping lower-income, minority-based communities but also to teaching young men of color how to advocate for their own rights. It hasn't been an easy road, there have been many moments where I am frustrated, where I want to quit, where I feel that the work that I'm pursuing is useless and in hindsight won't help anyone, but then I remember that quote. 'But whoever slaps you on the right cheek turn the other to him also'. To me this quote means much more than not enacting revenge. This quote speaks to me by allowing me to forgive, it allows me to accept the decisions and outcomes that are out of my control and to progress because there will be many times where I fail in serving the young men of color I work for, but never will I give up to continue my cause in helping the people who don't have a voice to create an impact in their community." 

How would you describe Daniel?