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Senior chosen for award based on academic, athletic performance and volunteerism

Sophia EstepSt. Helens High School senior Sophia Estep was selected as the Elks Teen of the Month for November.

Estep was selected for the award based on her performance as an outstanding student, participation in extracurricular activities, and leadership experience in the community.

Teachers at St. Helens High School describe Estep as a positive person who can light up the room and has a passion for learning.

In the release, one staff member described an instance when a class discussion wasn't going well, but when Estep jumped into the conversation, she began to ask questions and add ideas that encouraged the whole class to start thinking and talking.

"Sophia has great positive energy. When she arrives in your room she is ready to learn, talk about the subject, involve herself in the process and try to make the lesson in class the best it can possibly be," the press release stated.

Staff at the school also describe Estep as a friendly, charismatic student who always has a smile on her face. When she speaks up in class, teachers say Estep always earns the respect of her classmates.

"Not many students have that kind of charisma. Sophia just shines in class," the release added.

Estep has maintained a 4.0 GPA since her freshman year of high school and has been selected as a student of the month in math and language arts.

Outside of the classroom, Estep is also involved in several athletic programs. She has played on the varsity soccer team for four years and earned a spot on the all-league team twice. Estep has also been on the varsity track team for three year and earned an honorable mention at all state for the 4x100.

When she's not competing herself, Estep also volunteers to work with children with disabilities who play soccer through a program called Top Soccer.

Estep credits her friends and family for helping her become the person she is, especially her twin brother, Sam. Estep said she was honored to be selected for the recognition.

"It is an honor to be selected for the Elks Teen of the Month and I know that I looked up to the people that were selected from previous years," Estep said in the release.

After high school graduation, Estep plans to attend Portland State University or Oregon State University to enroll in a biology or pre-veterinary program.

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