Hignite is a longtime member of Newman Club, a national organization for Catholic students whose purpose is to deepen their faith and to have fellowship with other Catholic students. Hignite previously served on the campus ministry team and is now the service chair. Her most recent endeavor was spearheading a fall campus blood drive for the club, the second time she has worked to make it happen. She said not only did the blood drive fill all available volunteer positions but it also exceeded goals.
“She is the most productive person I’ve ever seen,” junior Olivia Voegerl said. “She’s the one who runs the blood drive. This [school] year, she helped save 60 lives. We col
lected 60 pints of blood, and she coordinated the whole thing.”
Hignite tries to apply her selfless attitude to everything she does. Anyone who knows her knows that when she gets involved, she always likes to reach out to people. With RMH, she tries to get people to dedicate two hours a week on Tuesday nights to help those families and children affected by illness.
“She’s always willing to involve anyone who wants to be involved,” sophomore Sindi Dlamini said. “She opens the door for other people. She’s a good source to go to for community service.”
Hignite also works with USI’s Newman Club chapter once a month to do community service projects and has also started volunteer initiatives within her sorority, Chi Omega.
“For her to do service is second nature to her,” Dlamini said. “Other people do it for hours or for a resume, but she does it without wanting anything back.”
In addition to the organizations she helps locally, she also volunteers time at a hos pital near her Fort Mitchell, Ky., home.