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St. Helena Boys & Girls Club honors two members

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The St. Helena Boys & Girls Club has honored Justin Sanchez as Youth of the Month at the Teen Center and Dakota Dwyer as Member of the Month at the St. Helena Clubhouse.

Justin Sanchez

Sanchez is an eighth-grader at RLS Middle School.

"Justin has been part of the Boys and Girls Club since he was a little kid," said Julian Frayre, teen programs director. "He is now in 8th grade and we couldn't be more proud of the young man he is growing up to be. Throughout the years he has maintained the same witty-kind hearted personality.

"When Justin comes to the teen center, the first thing you will notice is how quick he is to get right to work on homework. This is one of his key characteristics to always work hard and stay focused on his goals.

"He is also very talented when it comes to art! This month he was able to put his artistic mind and creativity to work! When he saw we had clay he was determined to create a sculpture, when he felt like it wasn't turning out the way he wanted he didn't give up and found a way to fix it.

"We hope you never lose that drive and never give up Justin! not only in your art but in life in general. We are proud to say he is a good role model not only for the younger generation but for his little sisters and brother. Keep up the good work!"

Dakota Dwyer

"We are so proud to call Dakota Dwyer our member of the month," said Lana Tillotson, unit director at the St. Helena Clubhouse. "He is a very outgoing kid, always encouraging his classmates to follow the rules, have fun and be kind.

"Dakota enjoys drawing, dancing, science, active games and sports. He likes to include others to participate in different activities such as STEM and art projects. Dakota is also very good at math and is always willing to help his peers who are struggling and he is always the first to volunteer to do anything from projects to helping the staff to set up and clean up."

"We feel very lucky to have Dakota as part of Boys & Girls Club and we can't wait to see how he continues to grow as a member, student and individual."

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga are honoring Anicia Ramirez (St. Helena Clubhouse Member of the Year), Daniel Eyer (St. Helena Primary Member of the Year), Hayden Freutel (Calistoga Clubhouse Member of the Year), and Grace Quigley (Howell Mountain Member of the Year).

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