A Deer Park High School junior has been recognized for his continued efforts to introduce peers to the American Red Cross.
Danial Khoshkehpazi was named "Outstanding High School Red Cross Club Leader" by the American Red Cross on Long Island. His most recent project included starting a new Red Cross Club at Amityville High.
He also started a Red Cross Club at Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington, which he attended during the 2012-13 school year after his family moved to the United States from Macedonia. He also explored starting clubs at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills and Huntington High School, both of which he attended before Deer Park.
"We have to raise a good and loving community -- and we have to start when people are young," said Khoshkehpazi, 17.
At Deer Park, the club has sold about 200 pins, with proceeds being used to fund measles vaccines through the Red Cross for underprivileged children around the world.
"To determine the winner, the American Red Cross on Long Island analyzed volunteers and what they did," said Theodore Smirlis, adviser of Deer Park's Red Cross Club. "The volunteer who contributed the most time . . . was Danial."