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St. Helens Elks Club selected high school senior for honor; Jerome selected from among her peers

Mackenzie JeromeMackenzie Jerome has been selected as the St. Helens Elks Teen of the month for May.

Jerome, a recently graduated senior at St. Helens High School, was selected for the award based on her thoughtful and positive attitude in academics, as well as her involvement in the St. Helens theater and drama program, according to a release from the high school.

Teachers at the school describe Jerome as an outstanding student who always shows an interest in what is happening in the classroom, adds to the conversation in a thoughtful way, and always respects others.

Economics teacher Jared Phillips said in the release that Jerome "inspires her classmates through deep thinking and active engagement."

Jerome's teachers also recognized her as one of the most positive students on campus.

"She always has a smile and is happy to be in class or wherever or whatever activity she happens to be in," history teacher Keith Meeuwsen stated in the release. "Her positive attitude and enthusiasm is contagious and makes her a highly respected and well liked student."

Outside of the classroom, Jerome is heavily involved in drama and theater. During her time at St. Helens, she performed in nine plays and was inspired to pursue a career teaching high school drama and language arts.

Jerome is also involved in volunteering during the annual Kiwanis Children's Fair, which is held at the high school; volunteers during food drives; and likes to sing carols at Christmastime, the release adds. Other hobbies include reading, creating arts and crafts, playing Dungeons and Dragons and listening to podcasts.

After graduation, Jerome is planning to attend Southern Oregon University to major in theater and education.

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