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Puyear selected as Elks Teen of the Month

PuyearThe St. Helens Elks selected Kyleah Puyear as the “Elks Teen of the Month” for May.

A recent graduate of St. Helens High School, Puyear was selected for the award based on her academic achievements as well as her involvement in school and extracurricular activities.

Puyear’s teachers described her as a hard-worker who is eager to learn and apply her knowledge to activities in class, a press release from the high school said.

“Kyleah is also just a wonderful young person. She is happy and positive all of the time and seems to have unlimited energy,” the press release stated. “She is always ready to do whatever, a personality trait that is hard to resist, and she is good at infecting all of the people around her with that energy in enthusiasm.”

Puyear said she was flattered and surprised to be selected for the award.

“It is a privilege and an honor to be chosen for this and to be a part of such a select group of students and I am very grateful to all of those people who helped to get me here,” Puyear stated in a press release.

Several teachers nominated Puyear for the award.

“I was actually shocked to find out,” Puyear added in an email. “I didn’t think I qualified. But when [Mr. Meeuwsen] congratulated me I felt honored.”

Keith Meeuwsen is a history teacher at the high school who helps facilitate the Elks awards.

Outside of the classroom, Puyear has been involved in yearbook for three years, works with the St. Helens Middle School slam poetry club, and has been recognized as a language arts student of the month at the high school. In her free time, Puyear enjoys reading, writing and hiking.

Puyear plans to attend Portland Community College for two years and then transfer to the University of Montana to pursue a degree in journalism.