Daniel Graham-Lopes is a student at Boston Latin School where he is going into his senior year. He has been at the Latin School since the seventh grade and has enjoyed almost half of his time there. He commutes between his father and mother’s houses in Roslindale and West Roxbury. He is seventeen years old and will be eighteen in February.

Danny is the second oldest of seven children with three brothers and three sisters. His mother is the accounting chief at Copley Controls Corporation and his father runs a carpentry business out of West Roxbury. His pet Hamster Sadie is no longer with us however he remains close to his bunny Theresa Campbell. Danny doesn’t play on any sports teams but this is only due to his complete lack of any kind of physical talent.

Danny is an active member of his church’s Christian Youth Organization as well as the high school choir at Saint Theresa’s in West Roxbury. He is also a Boy Scout of Troop 5 and volunteers as a Den Chief for his younger brothers’ Cub Scout pack. Danny has volunteered as a Befriender for the Samariteens of Boston, and also as a food bank coordinator for Share America in Roslindale. Danny volunteered for a year as a student mentor at the West Roxbury branch library before becoming a paid employee this year. Danny’s greatest accomplishment by far however was founding the BLS Young Republicans Club as a safe haven for conservative politically mindful youths to express their views without fear of humiliation or mockery.

Danny has held many jobs over the years including tutor, Dunkin Donuts employee, super market service clerk, convenience store cashier, lobster fisherman, lawn mower and finally, through the Ward Fellowship, assistant to Councilor-At-Large Stephen J. Murphy.

Danny loves to visit and explore new places and has been to almost twenty countries on four continents such as Egypt, Singapore, Mexico, Scotland, Spain, and most importantly Canada. Danny spent the most formative years of his life betwixt his childhood home in the largest metropolis in Atlantic Canada, the sprawling city of Halifax (pop. 100,000, and in the village of Judique, Cape Breton Island (pop. 816) where his family compound is located. He still spends as much time as possible there, where one can still hear people speaking Scotch Gaelic and step dance at a ceilidh, or watch traditional highland games, and where no man gets married without wearing a kilt.

Danny is uncertain about his future because at this point in his life his options are only slightly limited. He is considering many different universities and several different majors such as business management, political science, and public relations. Danny is preparing for a year of applications and interviews and hopes to be accepted by his top choice come spring. Dan’s sponsor is Stephen Murphy.