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State Honoree

James Etier

Wyoming

James Etier, 13, of Rock Springs, Wyo., an eighth-grader at Rock Springs East Junior High School, has participated in a wide range of volunteer activities that have benefited more than 100 people in his community. James started volunteering when he joined an after-school program. As a participant in that program, James has walked dogs, cleaned cages and fed homeless animals at a Humane Society shelter. He sorted paper at a recycling center, read to young children at an elementary school, and volunteered with the Salvation Army at Christmastime. James also has picked up trash, pulled weeds and washed windows for senior citizens, and has visited elderly residents at a local nursing home. "I tried to make people's days easier either by trying to bring smiles while reading to the little kids or visiting the elderly at our nursing home," he said. "I try my best to help."