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Austin Butler

Grade: 10th
School: Big Valley Christian

When Austin Butler sets his sights on a goal, you can bet he'll achieve it. Not only has Austin maintained an "A" average in all his classes, he is also the only freshman on the Varsity Golf Team and the only freshman to start in the Junior Varsity Basketball team. But that's just the beginning for Austin Butler.

Austin's achievements go far beyond sports and academics. Austin is a regular part of the Love Modesto program where he cleaned parks, put together supply boxes for people overseas, and worked at English Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Oscar also volunteers at the Modesto Gospel Mission in special programs, and he recently went on a mission trip with Big Valley Grace to Mexico where he painted churches and ministered to young children.

In the words of his nominating teacher, Austin "always stands up for what is right". And he proved that once again when his family recently adopted an 11 year-old girl. In spite of all the changes that this has brought his family, Austin treats her as if she has always been his little sister and offers her the love that only a big brother can give. It’s no wonder that Austin won Big Valley's coveted Lion Award, which is given only to those students who exhibit extraordinary character qualities.

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