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Shelby Turcotte, St. Helens High School student, chosen for hard work, committment to academics

TurcotteSt. Helens High School senior Shelby Turcotte was selected as the Elks Teen of the month for September.

Turcotte was chosen for the award based on her commitment to academics, as well as her commitment to leadership in her school.

Staff at the school describe Turcotte as hardworking, dedicated and someone who shows attention to detail, a press release from the school stated. Staff also describe her as a caring and outstanding person.

"She cares about her school work, her school and her community. Shelby is the type of person who is going to make the world a better place because of how much she cares and how hard she will work. Shelby is able to bring all of this effort and care and yet always has a smile and willingness to help make sure everyone is having a good day around her. She is truly a great citizen at our school," the press release states.

History teacher Keith Meeuwsen described Turcotte as a leader in the classroom who is always willing to participate in activities and discussions, even those that include difficult topics, the release added.

Turcotte currently serves as one of the drum majors in the St. Helens High School marching band, and her band director, Noelle Freshner, spoke highly of her as well. She also plays clarinet and tenor saxophone.

When Turcotte was selected as Elks Teen of the Month, she said was very honored.

When asked what her best quality was, Turcotte said it was her passion, the release stated.

"When I fall in love with an activity or aspiration my drive to be successful in it is exponential! My passion also rubs off on others which spreads that drive and allows the group to improve together," Turcotte said.

After high school, Turcotte plans to attend the University of Oregon to study music education.

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