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Rotary Distinguished Student Of Service: Natalie Aulwes

on April 16, 2019 - 11:34am
Rotary Club President Vincent Chiravalle, left, presents Los Alamos High School junior Natalie Aulwes with the Club's Distinguished Student of Service Award during its April 9 meeting. Joining Chiravalle and Aulwes are from left, her mother Sheila Aulwes, father Robert McClees and LAHS history teacher John Frost. Courtesy photo
The motto of Rotary is Service above Self. To support this, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos honors nine Distinguished Students of Service in their junior year of high school each academic year.
Students are first nominated by their teachers who are asked to select those who: have given positive contributions to their high school and / or in the community, have a good attitude toward learning, are good citizens, are respectful of their peers and teachers, and have good grades, attendance and classroom participation.
The Club then selects students based on demonstrated spirit of service and exemplification of the Rotary 4 Way Test.
The Rotary Club was proud to welcome Natalie Aulwes April 9 as a Distinguished Student of Service. Aulwes has made service part of her life and also is a well rounded student. She holds an impressive GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, a Girl Scouts of America Ambassador having received Bronze and Silver Awards, a YMCA Youth Conservation Corps Crew Member, a member of the Bradbury Science Museum Teen Advisory Committee, and a member of the United Way Youth Leadership Team.
Aulwes also is a member of the LAHS Robotics Club and was a District and State Qualifier for the First Lego League Robotics Team Champions. In addition to these clubs and activities, she is a student athlete, competing on the LAHS Swim Team and an accomplished skier as part of the National Ski Patrol, Pajarito Mountain. Aulwes volunteers more than 120 hours annually as part of the ski patrol.
Aulwes shared with Rotary one of the challenges facing today’s youth: namely, encouraging more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
She has worked to be a role model by mentoring Girl Scout robotic teams, and has given several presentations on robotics at “Discover Engineering” day events for Girl Scouts. Her Girl Scout Gold Award project involves using 3D design and simulation software to design a new helicopter landing zone and incorporate solar power at the facilities on Pajarito Mountain. This project is an inspiration to young women thinking about pursuing careers in STEM fields.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos feels that this is a very worthy effort and commends Aulwes on her service to the youth and community of Los Alamos.