St. Helens High School student selected for award based on academic accomplishments, community involvement

Grace SmithSt. Helens High School senior Grace Smith has been selected as the Elks Teen of the Month for March.

Smith was selected for the award based on her academic accomplishments and involvement in extracurricular activities at the high school and in the community.

Teachers and staff at the high school describe Smith as an outstanding student and as someone who works well with her peers.

"Grace is a very kind, respectful, and accountable student. She brings a strong focus with her to every class, which reflects in her excellent grades," Kyle Brayton, a SHHS language arts teacher, stated in a release from the school. "Grace is a superb role model for her peers and has the potential to do great things after high school."

Smith is also an active soccer player and has played for the high school team for four years. She also volunteers as a soccer coach and referee.

Outside of school, Smith also takes time to volunteer with the Columbia Humane Society and works as a waitress at the Kozy Korner is St. Helens.

When Smith was notified about her selection for the award, she was excited.

"I am very honored to be selected. I am happy that I was chosen and grateful that I was even considered," Smith stated in the release.

After high school, Smith plans to attend Bethany College in Kansas and intends to pursue a degree as a physical therapist or physical trainer.

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