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Marks, a recent St. Helens High School graduate, selected for commitment to service, school involvement

MarksRylee Marks, a recent St. Helens High School graduate, was selected as the Elks Teen of the Month for May.

Marks was selected for the award based on her commitment to community service, school involvement and academic achievements.

Marks was nominated by school staff who described her as being thoughtful, an awesome friend, a hard worker, and someone who takes pride in her work, a press release from the high school stated.

"Rylee has done nothing but impress everyone she works with and talks too. It is her kindness and hard work that set her apart from so many other people. Rylee truly is a person that others look up to and aspire to be like," the release noted.

During her time at St. Helens High School, Marks was involved in school leadership where she worked as club secretary and helped organize two blood drives to benefit the American Red Cross. During those two events, enough donations were collected to save 300 lives, the release added. Additionally, Marks has played flute in multiple school bands, including marching band, wind ensemble, pep band and basketball band. She was also a section leader for three years.

When asked by school staff, Marks said her best quality was her caring.

"I love helping people and animals. It's so rewarding to be able to give back to others and it benefits everyone whether they are helping or receiving help which I think makes it an important quality that many people should have," Marks said in the press release.

When Marks was notified she was selected for the award, she was excited about the recognition.

"I am very honored and proud to be selected for May's Elks Teen of the Month. I am really proud to be a part of such an outstanding group of students. I am very excited and surprised!" Marks indicated in the release.

Marks plans to attend the Oregon State University Honors College to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.

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