Mt. Notre Dame senior spends time helping out those with special needs

CINCINNATI - A Mt. Notre Dame Academy senior is setting an example by helping others.

Susan Meyer is a star on the basketball court, she challenges herself in the classroom, and volunteers to help out children with special needs.

Meyer's teachers will tell you, there aren't many students as determined as she is. Meyer has even taken courses in the summer to free up her schedule for more advanced courses.

"I believe that [Meyer]'s peers consider her a leader. I think they look up to her because of the choices she has made in her life over the past four years," said Jodi Rinehart, a guidance counselor at Mt. Notre Dame Academy.

One of [Meyer]'s biggest joys is spending time with children. Meyer has volunteered at Camp Dovetail to help students with special needs for the past eight years.

"I don't know what I would do without camp now because it taught me to not take anything for granted… And also, when the kids smile, it just makes everything so much happier," said Meyer.

Rinhart said Meyer is a natural leader.

"[Meyer] is a very hard working student who encourages others, she advocates for others, and she really leads by example," said Rinehart.

After graduation, Meyer plans to study marine biology at West Florida University while playing basketball.

Meyer says a full course load and basketball won't keep her from trying to help those around her.

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