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Teen LilyBelle Moir is the new Mt. Hood Community College student body president

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - LilyBelle Moir was elected president of the Assoicated Student Government at Mt. Hood Community College at the age of 17.

LilyBelle Moir was just elected as president of the Associated Student Government at Mt. Hood Community College at the ripe old age of 17 and she'll graduate from both high school and the community college next spring.

"I'm excited for what this year will bring. I'm excited to take on the presidency," she said.

"So far, it's been really fun," the lively Gresham resident said.

This is the second year in a row that a high school student has become the student body president of the college. Last year Collin Kazu Lewis was elected president of the Associated Student Government when he was just shy of his 16th birthday.

Moir is attending high school at the online charter school Clackamas Web Academy and had been attending Clackamas Community College but switched to MHCC because it is closer to her Gresham home. Moir also was involved in student government at Clackamas Community College.

COURTESY PHOTO: LILYBELLE MOIR - Moir has learned at home and online and finds it easier to learn that way.

At CCC, Moir reached out and made presentations to students in high schools about the college.

"I'm hoping to do the same thing at Mt. Hood," she said.

She also visited classes at the college to get students excited about student government.

This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the traditional student government-organized events at the college probably won't take place. Even if MHCC is open for in-person classes, Moir and her team will have to get creative to bring students together while they must limit crowd sizes and practice social distancing.

"We'll find a way to make connections in this unusual time," she said.

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Moir wants to bring students together at MHCC next year, which will be challenging in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to maintaining a spot on the honor roll in both her college and high school classes, Moir works part time at a private school in Boring.

She speaks fluent Spanish, having studied it in school.

She's volunteered for SnowCap Community Charities for three years. "My Spanish has been very helpful there," Moir said.

Staff at the food bank are not surprised at her election and said she'll do a good job as president.

"I have no doubt she'll be able to do this job. She's a rock star," said Aleta Sanford, program coordinator at SnowCap. "She works so well with different kinds of people and personalities, from little bitty kids to older adults. She's somebody who gives you hope for the kids coming up."

Sanford agrees that Moir's Spanish has been a big asset at SnowCap. "LilyBelle being bilingual is a huge, huge help at SnowCap."

Sanford explained that when folks come in speaking Spanish, LilyBelle can help them navigate their entire visit, determining their needs and assisting them through the process.

COURTESY PHOTO: LILYBELLE MOIR - Moir likes to spend time with her close-knit family. Her three younger siblings also attend school online and at home.

Moir hopes to get her college degree in Spanish.

"Growing up, I had a huge love of languages," she said.

She's also a black belt in taekwondo. "It's a great workout," she said.

Before Moir heads to a four-year college, she's going to take a year off for some missionary work. She's planning on participating in Youth With A Mission's program. Students attend a month-long training on YWAM's Salem campus and then are sent overseas to a mission. Although students don't know going in to the program where they will be sent, Moir's Spanish language skills will probably land her in Latin America.

After her stint as a missionary, she plans to attend a Portland-area college. She hopes to become a missionary as a profession.

COURTESY PHOTO: LILYBELLE MOIR - Moir served in the student government at Clackamas Community College last year.

Moir has three younger siblings who also attend online schools.

"I've been home-schooled or went to charter schools online all my life," Moir said.

"I just found it so much easier to do my work from home," she added, explaining that she enjoys being at home and staying close to her family.

Moir counts her mom, grandmother and SnowCap's Sanford among her heroes. Sanford returns the admiration. "She's an exceptional person, regardless of her age, and because of her age, she's even more remarkable."

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