St. Helens senior selected for the recognition in October for academics, athletics, school involvement

Joe Austin
]St. Helens High School senior Joe Austin was recently named St. Helens Elks Teen of the Month for October.

Austin was selected for the award based on his academic performance and involvement in school activities and athletics.

A press release from the school district described Austin as a hard-working student with a great attitude, as well as a leader in class and fun to be around.

Several teachers, including Chelsa Anderson, noted Austin's work ethic, ability and willingness to contribute in class. In the press release, Anderson describes Austin as being proactive in class while always working hard to understand new ideas and information. Other teachers also commented on Austin's character.

"Joe is a really good student, someone who is personable and kind," Jared Philipps stated in the release.

In addition to academics, Austin is involved in school athletics and has been on the varsity wrestling team for three years. He will join the team again for the upcoming season. Austin is also involved in the school's auto technology program, where he has learned about vehicles and how to fix them.

At home, Austin noted that he likes to work on his personal vehicle, as well.

When asked about his best quality, Austin said he believes it is his sociability.

"I get along with everyone and can strike up a conversation with anyone," he pointed out in the release.

After high school, Austin plans to attend Chemeketa Community College to pursue a degree in fire science and would eventually like to have a career as a firefighter.

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