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Edie Kausch, Cecilia Villegas

Edie Kausch, Soroptimist St. Helena Sunrise president, left, is with Cecilia Villegas, Live Your Dream awardee.

Soroptimist St. Helena Sunrise has named Cecilia Villegas as this year’s Live Your Dream Award recipient. This award assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

Villegas is working to achieve a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is the sole single parent of 3-year-old twins while working on the Napa Valley College campus as a chemistry tutor as well as participating in the Supplemental Instructor Program, as an SI leader. This program allows her to work on her leadership skills as she tutors a large and diverse group of students.

Villegas knows what it is like to struggle and takes great pleasure in helping others succeed. She is a dedicated student and maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. When she does have a little extra time, she also volunteers at places such as Goodwill.

Villegas also will be honored at our upcoming LUNAFEST Napa Valley Short Films event on Friday, April 20, to be held at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. The reception of wine and small bites is at 6:45 p.m., with showtime at 7:30 p.m.

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