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St. Helens High School senior selected for recognition as Elks Teen of the Month for January

Kaley RobinsonSt. Helens High School senior Kaley Robinson was selected as the Elks Teen of the month for January.

Robinson was selected for the honor based on her performance as a student and her willingness to give back to the community. She was nominated by her teachers, who describe her as a great student with positive energy. Robinson's language arts teacher, Kyle Brayton, described her as having a great work ethic and being a role model for other students.

"Kaley has been a standout student all school year. She churns out high quality work routinely. She is a skilled writer and very accepting of feedback," Brayton stated in a press release from the school district. "She is a stellar senior and excellent role model for her peers."

Outside of the classroom, Robinson is involved in myriad community service focused organizations like National Honor Society, school leadership and the high school's Lion Crew program. She has also volunteered with Portland Rescue Mission and the Department of Human Services, the Columbia County Warming Center, and participated in spring cleanups with Columbia River Watershed Improvement, the release added.

In addition, Robinson plays softball and basketball for the high school. She also plays piano and enjoys photography, hiking and traveling.

When she was notified she had been selected for the award, Robinson said she was honored.

"Although, I have always aspired to be an Elks Teen it is something I never guessed I would receive" Robinson stated in the press release. "This shows me that my hard work and involvement is being recognized, which is a pleasure."

When asked what her best quality is, Robinson reflected on her willingness to help and serve others.

"I put everyone else before myself. I try my best to make everyone around me happy," Robinson noted. "If someone is in need, I would help them before I filled my needs."

After high school, Robinson plans to attend Washington State University to pursue a degree in nursing.

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