Member Spotlight: Dante
"Everyone in the Club motivates me to do better and strive for success."
Dante became a member almost four years ago. He is 17 years old and in the 11th grade. He also serves as a Junior Staff member at the Aqueduct Club.
Why he became a member: "One of my friends told me about Boys & Girls Clubs and how fun it is, which made me want to join."
BGC experience: "Overall I'd definitely say that it's an amazing and fun experience. You have people your age, younger and older to hang out with. I'd rather be here than sitting at home."
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite television show: Criminal Minds
Favorite hobbies: Playing flag football and basketball with his friends. "I also enjoy playing Madden NFL against Mr. Eric at my Club, because I usually beat him."
Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys
Favorite NBA team: Los Angeles Lakers
Top 3 NBA players: 1) Kobe Bryant 2) Stephen Curry 3) LeBron James
Post-graduation: Plans to go to college to study engineering to one day become a mechanical engineer
Fun fact: He is in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. "I've always been very interested in mechanics and how they work. I knew that it was best to start learning about engineering early to prepare myself for my courses in college."
This month, we discovered that all of our reviewers had two things in common. First, they each read a book that they normally would not read. Secondly, they all enjoyed the book that they read, and were happy that they decided to read something different than what they're used to. Do you ever find yourself reading the same type of books? If so, read a book that's the complete opposite from what you're generally accustomed to. We challenge you step outside of your comfort zone and explore a new genre.
Young Readers Recommendation:
Meet your reviewer, Jah'sia!
Jah'sia attends Tyler Avenue and is in the 2nd grade. He likes playing Roblox on the computer, and playing video games on the Xbox when he is at his Club. Jah'sia read this book during his recess time.
Book: Green Eggs and Ham
Author: Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
Genre: Children's literature
Summary: Dr. Seuss names a list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and the amount of friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Sam-I-am insists that this unusual treat is a great snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.
Likes: The character’s bravery. He was brave enough to try the green eggs and ham, even after not wanting to eat them at first.
Rate: 10/10. Dr. Seuss uses great rhyming words to tell the story. I also really liked the pictures. The book is awesome!
Would you recommend it? Yes.
Would you ever eat green eggs and ham? Nope. It looks gross. I'm afraid that it wouldn't taste good.
Independent Readers Recommendation:
Meet your reviewer, Thalyana!
Thalyana attends the Crossroads Village Unit and is in the 6th grade. While at her Club, she enjoys being on the cheerleading team and spending time with her friends! All of her friends were talking about the book and she decided to read it during her free time.
Book: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Romantic; Drama
Summary: Seventeen-year-old, Hazel Grace Lancaster is diagnosed with thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. She attends a cancer patients' support group. Because of her cancer, she uses a portable oxygen tank to breathe properly. In one of the meetings she meets a boy named Augustus Waters. He's there to support their mutual friend, Isaac. Hazel eventually discovers that Augustus had osteosarcoma, but he is now cancer free after having his leg amputated. The book follows their journey together and as individuals, as they grow closer after discovering that they have a lot in common.
Likes: That the book was romantic and the overall plot of the book. I usually read series or comedy books, so I was surprised that I enjoyed a romance story.
Dislike: I actually liked the entire book.
Rate: 9/10. The book left out some details that should’ve been added. I had questions about certain parts of the book, and it would’ve been nice if they were answered. Overall, it was still a really good book.
Would you recommend it? Yes, but it depends on the type of books that you like to read. If you enjoy reading romance books, then yes you should definitely read this book
Movie or book? Everyone said the book was better than the movie, so I read the book first and then saw the movie. I thought the movie was better, because it allowed me to actually visualize the story.
Young Adult and Teen Readers Recommendation:
Meet your reviewer, Jazmine!
Jazmine attends the Peninsula Unit and is in the 11th grade. She enjoys playing foosball while she is at her Club. During her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends. Jazmine read this book during her AP English course.
Book title: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Author: Rebecca Skloot
Genre: Science; Biography
Summary: Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951. A few months before her death, a doctor cut out a small sample of her cancer cells, which became the first and most important line of human cells ever to survive and multiply indefinitely in the laboratory environment, known as HeLa.
Likes:That’s it’s a biography and based on a true story. It’s very educational. While reading the book, you learn about her life, as well as the impact that her cells have made in the medical field. For example, her cells were used to find a cure for Polio. That’s pretty awesome!
Dislikes: Nothing. It was a really good and informative book.
Rate: 9/10. I really enjoyed reading a non-fiction book. Usually, I only read fiction and drama books. . I liked reading about her life, the struggles that her children went through financially after her cells were widely used, and the outcome from her cells being taken, without her knowledge. Prior to reading this book, I didn’t know who Henrietta Lacks was, but now I do.
Would you recommend this book? Yes. Everyone should be educated on the background behind cures and how one person’s cells led to a lot of medical findings.
As 1 of 6,000 youth we serve annually, it is a tremendous achievement to be selected as Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula's Youth of the Year. DeSean Williams has earned this title by exemplifying the values of BGCVP and the Boys & Girls Clubs mission. The selection process is a lengthy one, beginning at the Club level; Unit Directors select one winner from their Club to compete against 12 others across the organization. The Unit Winners must submit an application and essay with questions pertaining to their personal life, school activities, and explaining why they should be the Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula. The nominees are then required to interview and present in front of a panel of judges made up of BGCVP staff, board members, and community advocates. This panel selects a winner that is announced at our annual Steak 'N Burger Dinner. Congratulations, DeSean, on this tremendous achievement!
Outstanding Youth of the Year 2016 Winner,
Boys & Girls Clubs
of the Virginia Peninsula
Mission: to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.