Carlie Dalgo’s passion for music is on display weekly at Hope Church, and the 2020 Hahnville High School graduate says she feels like it is just the beginning of her ministry journey.
“Ever since I was really, really little I’ve always had a love and a passion for music,” she said.
When she was 12 years old, Dalgo and her family began attending Hope Church, which had just launched.
“They needed a keyboard player, so I took lessons and fell in love with it,” she said. “It became a passion for me.”
Singing at different community events has been a highlight for Dalgo over the past few years, but she said singing at church is different.
“I feel very passionate … I guess is the right word,” she said of helping to lead worship. “For me it’s not just a performance … it’s worship and my heart is just to show people that Jesus loves them.”
While Dalgo now serves as part of the church’s music ministry, that role will be expanded upon when she moves to Thibodaux this fall to attend Nicholls State University. Starting then, Dalgo will sing at both the Destrehan and Lafourche locations of the church, as well as assist with leading youth ministry at both locations.
Leadership is a muscle Dalgo also flexed at HHS, where she served as the public relations officer for the Interact Club. At HHS Dalgo was also involved in talented theatre, Beta Club, National Honor Society, ensemble choir and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Dalgo plans to study psychology at Nicholls, and her career goal is to become a Christian mental health counselor.
“I’ve always had a heart for mental health,” she said. “I struggle with anxiety myself.”
Dalgo said she’s viewing the career choice as an additional way she can blend her deep faith in God with one of her passions.
“It’s a deeper level I can add to my ministry,” she said of counseling.
While she’ll miss HHS, she said attending school was complicated by hereditary angioedema, a rare medical condition that she was diagnosed with at 4 years old. The hereditary blood disorder causes swelling, and Dalgo said during high school her attacks were hard to control.
“I lack a protein in my blood stream, and it causes me to swell, so growing up I missed a lot of school,” she said. “I loved school, but it was hard for me to make up all the work.”
Now on a preventative medicine, Dalgo said the condition has become more controllable.
“I only missed three to five days my senior year due to attacks,” she said. “I used to miss three to five days a month.”
With her health stable and her sights on the future, Dalgo said she’s excited for the next steps in her ministry journey.
“I am so excited because I would have never imagined doing it, but I love how it correlates with what I’m going to college for,” she said of youth ministry. “I’m excited for this new role and this journey.”