Elks honor students

November 2, 2005

The Hood River Elks’ Student of the Month award begins its ninth year of recognizing students from our high schools for their community service, citizenship and academic accomplishments.

Each recipient will be awarded a $100 check and become eligible for the year-end award of $1,500, given to them in recognition of their efforts to help others in their community.

Marilyn Smith and Matt Byrne, both Hood River Valley High seniors, have been selected as the September winners.

They will be recognized for their accomplishments at an Elks Lodge meeting and become eligible for the year-end award.


Smith is described as a role model for all young girls: polite, helpful, respectful and intelligent, with a great sense of humor. She is very humble and always the first person to count on whenever something needs to be done.

Her volunteer experience includes Community Work Day, Junior Cheerleading Clinic, Little Eagle Preschool teacher and the Hood River Valley High School canned food drive. She has also been involved in the Rotary Apple Sale, blood drive, serving at the senior center and as a lacrosse and baseball manager. She is currently on the cheerleading team.

In addition to school activities and volunteer work, she is employed as a hostess, busser and server at a local restaurant.

Marilyn is the daughter of Celia and Steven Smith and has an older sister, Christina, a freshman at Western Oregon University. Marilyn plans to attend a four-year university to study law and Spanish.


Matt Byrne is very involved with politics at his school and is currently the ASB vice president. He has been the freshman class vice president, sophomore class president and an ASB executive council member. He is known as a compassionate, mature young man with good people skills. He has given countless hours to HRVHS and his community.

His community service includes working for the FISH Food Bank, volunteering at the senior center and at the high school-sponsored blood drive. He is active on the HRVHS soccer team, tennis team and is also involved with the Earth Club, Spanish Club and Chamber of Commerce Leaders for Tomorrow.

Matt is the son of Marjorie and James Byrne.

Next year in the fall he will attend the University of California at Santa Cruz to study cellular biology.

The Elks Lodge would like to congratulate both these young adults for their efforts to make a difference in their community. The work that they and others do benefits everyone and they are to be commended.

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