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Check out who’s standing out in our community. IS THERE SOMEONE YOU’D LIKE TO NOMINATE? Please email and tell us why this individual has stood out in your crowd.

Jack Thunstrom



Jack has been in the YMCA’s Summer Literacy Academy for the last two years and has grown so much! This year since he is older, he helps kids throughout the day when they are sad, when they have a problem, or when they need a friend. His confidence has skyrocketed since being in the program, and he is excelling in his academics. Jack’s favorite things about school are recess and math. When he’s not at school, he likes playing hockey and riding mountain bikes. He helps his grandpa with car repairs and wants to be a mechanic when he grows up. He’s obsessed with trucks so has really enjoyed the construction at Bryant this summer.

Malena Onespot Danforth


Malena always keeps a positive attitude in class, the hallways, and with other students. She works hard to get her homework done and gets the answers correct. She is a very kind person and always inspires others to work harder. She never tries to put herself above others or put others below her. She also praises others for what they have done and never gloats about her own achievements. Thank you, Malena, for being a good classmate and role model for not just students, but the adults in your life!

Matthew Richards


Matthew is an honor student at Capital High School. His favorite subjects are welding and machining. Matthew has been actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America since third grade and is currently a Life Scout working on his Eagle Scout Project. This project has to be approved by a committee and must benefit the community in some way. Matthew’s project is to build two fire rings and nine benches for a new amphitheater at YMCA Camp Child this fall. Matthew is also a youth leader at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church. During services, Matthew often runs the sound board. In his spare time, he likes to ride four wheelers, listen to music, camp, and work on electronics.

Meredith Antonietti


Meredith, aka “Memo,” is in her third summer working for the Helena YMCA. She has been a day camp counselor for two years, and this year she is the director. This year she handmade each day-camper a pin that represented the week’s focus: law enforcement badge, Montana, a dinosaur, and an owl reading a book. Considering there are 80 kids each week, that’s a lot of pins! Meredith also works in the Y’s EVMS after-school program. She is always upbeat and can handle the best of kids who are having the most challenging times. She also has an alter ego, Lola the clown. Whatever Meredith does, she is always helping kids enjoy life.

National Guard


We’d like to highlight the National Guard and the fine men and women who serve. They provided the climbing wall and two inflatables for the Last Day Bash so teens would have a safe and fun place to go on the last day of school. Their Counter Drug unit has been an integral part of the Rx Drug Task Force, providing information and analysis of data, and helping with the Drug Take Back events. Guard members and their families are such an important part of our community. Thank you for all you do for Helena, our state, and our country!


September 2018




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YC Mag, Helena - September 2018  

YC Mag, Helena - September 2018