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Youth Award: Daniel Riggin

April 8, 2019

Daniel Riggin’s willingness to help, without seeking praise or attention, and his gracious manner were not lost on Legacy High School teacher Rod Deines, who endorsed Riggin for this year’s Youth Heart of Broomfield Award.

“Daniel has a wonderful gift of being friendly and helpful to others an is a kind and courteous young man,” he wrote in his nomination letter. “He is worthy of any award as he has proven to be successful at whatever endeavors he pursues.”

Sherill Bunetta, president and treasurer of the Broomfield Council of Arts and Humanity, met Riggin several years ago when he volunteered at Summer Sundays at the Brunner Farmhouse.

“He impressed me immediately with his politeness, appearance and willingness to help wherever necessary,” Bunetta said.

Riggin has volunteered at every Summer Sunday event since.

She discovered that he is proud of his community, is an “outstanding” student at Legacy High School and that he volunteers for Broomfield FISH and Senior Resources of Broomfield.

“All of this didn’t surprise me because he is a very caring individual and realizes the importance of serving his community,” she said. “I look forward to seeing him each summer.”

In the past, he has unloaded and sorted food for the Stamp Out Hunger postal food drive, helps setup and take down stands at the Broomfield Farmers Market, worked in FISH’s marketplace, taken photos at the Helping Young Professionals Evolve bowling fundraiser, served as a greeter and usher at the Broomfield Community Foundation’s Dancing with the Broomfield Stars and is a food drive captain for both his neighborhood and his grandmother’s neighborhood.

Broomfield FISH Executive Director Dayna Scott and Stacey Schmuck, who advises FISH’s Youth Advisory Board and was nominated as a 2019 Heart of Broomfield winner herself, also wrote a letter advocating for Riggin.

They called him “an integral part of the board” and have been fortunate to see him grow into a leadership role during the past year.

When he applied to join last year, they knew they were lucky to have him.

“Our application requires a teacher or community leader to sign and endorse the application,” they wrote. “Daniel not only did that, but every one of his teachers sent us an email recommending him.”

From those emails they learned he was mature, always had kind words when speaking about his peers and teachers and was punctual to class and with his school assignments. His teachers applauded his leadership skills and strong worth ethic and called Riggin “positive, polite, courteous, well organized.”

“Every email from his teachers conveyed that he was not only an exceptional student, but an exceptional human being,” they said. “Those recommendations were spot-on.”

At the end of his first year on the board, he was voted in as co-president by the entire high school board.

Riggin is not one to care if anyone knows his name or takes notice of him, they said. His attention is focused on whatever task is at hand that will help his community.

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, riosj@broomfieldenterprise.com or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios