Tecumseh's Tatum Kuhn is very active in her community and goes above and beyond in the classroom.

Tecumseh's Tatum Kuhn is very active in her community and goes above and beyond in the classroom.

For those reasons, she is one of the two students selected as The Shawnee News-Star and Patriot Auto Group Students of the Month for October and is now a finalist to win a car.

“It is pleasure to be nominated. I thank all my teachers for nominating me. My parents taught me to be hard working, to love God and be a good student,” Kuhn said.

Several of Kuhn's teachers notice the hard work she puts in on a daily basis.

“Tatum is a remarkably responsible young adult,” Tecumseh teacher Deborah Humphrey said. “When given a task, she completes it efficiently, promptly and completely. She makes things happen and adapts her plans if she needs to without having to get directions from an adult.”

Tecumseh High School principal Danny Sterling admires her character and work ethic.

“Her integrity is beyond reproach. Her wisdom is beyond her years. She does not get involved in any drama that occurs at school. She is a natural born leader and students are drawn towards her,” Sterling said. “When you assign her a task she gets the job done. She is always one of the more genuinely frenziedly people we have in the high school.”

Kuhn is active in several activities at Tecumseh High School. She acts as the president of the THS Student Council and National Honor Society, she is a member of Beta Club, Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), Youth Alive, THS Leadership and Link Crew.

At the beginning of the school year, Kuhn helped teachers set up their classrooms and she currently helps out in the special education room and has well over 100 volunteer hours.

As a member of Tecumseh's Youth Alive group, Kuhn organizes and completes projects that benefit the Relay for Life of Tecumseh program. Kuhn also organizes games, meetings, plans parties, designs shirts, promotes sales, collects money, visits nursing homes to sing Christmas carols, carries out fundraisers, paints banners for homecoming and contributes to class meetings.

Outside of Tecumseh High School Kuhn is active in her community. She organized a Beta Club project that collected socks and money to donate to an organization that provides hundreds of pairs of socks, clothing and luggage to children in the area.

“We saw a need in the community. A storage center got robbed and as part of my leadership project I decided to gather items to donate to them, Kuhn said. “We got 450 pairs of socks and over $400. It was the Foster Care Storage Unit in Shawnee and Oklahoma City.”

After high school, Kuhn plans on attending USAO to pursue a degree in speech pathology and special education.

“Those are two of my passions. I love both of those fields so I am trying to decide between the two,” Kuhn said.

Kuhn currently maintains a 3.9 GPA.