Once in awhile, a student stands out from the crowd because of athletic ability, grades or popularity.
Francisco Cano stands out for helping others.
The 16-year-old Cano says he's just an average teen-ager, but this average teen-ager was recognized for his leadership in helping fellow students be drug-free.
On Oct. 16, the county Board of Supervisors proclaimed Oct. 20 a day to honor Cano in recognition of his leadership at Central Union High School and his contribution to the school's Friday Night Live Drug Free Club.
"People think all teens do drugs and we all don't," Cano said.
Cano is president of Friday Night Live, an after-school club. The club's purpose is to give teens something to do after school other than get into trouble, Cano said.
Club members counsel, educate and do community service to help other teens, Cano said. There are about 20 members in the club who meet regularly to talk about problems related to drug use, he said.