St. Helens High School senior selected for award from St. Helens Elks Lodge for December

MinichSt. Helens High School senior Trenton Minich was selected as the Elks Teen of the Month for December.

Teachers at the high school nominated Minich for his dedication to working hard in the classroom and willingness to give back to the community, according to a press release from the school.

Staff and teachers describe Minich as a good student with a quiet confidence who is thoughtful, contributes to conversations and listens to others, the release states.

"He is very thoughtful and thinks before he speaks, he also is very good at letting others talk and then come into the conversation and share his thoughts, a rare quality for young adults who tend to want to talk all of the time and dominate conversations but don't necessarily listen very well," Keith Meeuwsen, a high school history teacher, stated in the release.

When he was notified of the award, Minich said he appreciated the recognition.

"I think it is very cool to be recognized for all of the hard work and time I've put in," Minich stated in the release.

Outside of the classroom, Minich gives back by volunteering with youth sports programs. For three years, Minich has worked as an assistant coach for a flag football team for children between the ages of 5 and 8 years-old, as well as volunteering to help with basketball clinics and tournaments.

Minich also plays basketball for the high school.

"Trenton is a great all around young man and his academics, leadership, community service and integrity are hard to match," the release noted.

When not in school or volunteering, Minich enjoys watching football, fishing, snowboarding, surfing, attending car shows and hanging out with his friends.

After graduation, Minich plans to attend college with the goal of pursing medical school to specialize in radiology.

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