St. Helens High School senior recognized for commitment to community with award

Abigail MarxSt. Helens senior Abigail Marx was selected as the Elks Teen of the Month for January.

Marx was selected based on her performance as a student, commitment to a multitude of extra-curricular activities, and positive attitude about making changes in the world.

"Abigail is an outstanding student, person and leader who truly epitomizes what an Elks Teen is supposed to represent," a press release from the high school stated. "Not only does she have all of the qualities of an Elks Teen she is also someone who truly believes that she can make a positive change in the world."

Staff at the high school describe Marx as a dedicated student with a good work ethic who serves as a leader to other students.

"Abby Marx is a dedicated and driven student who enjoys the process of learning. Always willing to push herself, she pursues knowledge in order to gain a better understanding of the content and the world as a whole," Chelsa Anderson, a staff member at the high school noted in an email. "She is creative, kind, and there to help her fellow students when needed. She doesn't back down from tasks that are hard, and she lifts up those around her and inspires greatness."

Marx serves as president of Key Club, which raises money for Doernbecher Children's Hospital and UNICEF. The club also organizes schoolwide cleanup projects and collects clothing for a women's shelter in St. Helens. She also serves as drum major for the St. Helens High School marching band, plays alto saxophone in the wind ensemble, and plays double saxophone in jazz band.

Additionally, Marx is involved in the St. Helens Engineering and Robotics Club as the safety captain and business lead. During summers, Marx works as an intern with Lower Columbia Engineering. In fall, she also competes in track and field.

Those who nominated Marx for the award also noted she has a strong desire to connect her interests in engineering with humanitarian work, the press release added. Marx advocates for women in science, technology, engineering and math, and would like to focus her own efforts on helping provide access to clean drinking water. The results would not only prevent waterborne illnesses, but would allow women more time to stay in school, she noted in the press release.

When asked, Marx said in the release she felt her best quality was empathy.

"I have a passion for helping people in need and truly care about the work that I do. I help everyone, no matter their background and feel comfortable and accepted within a group. I love to make new friends and encourage those around me to be confident and go far in life. I think kindness can fix a lot of the issues we have in society today," Marx noted in the release.

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