Chloe Keilers is Rotary Club Student of the Month

Rotary student of the month Cloe Keilers with the teachers she credits with having the most positive influence in her life Kathy Boerigter, left, and Margo Batha. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By LINDA HULL
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Chloe Keilers, a junior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Keilers is the daughter of Chuck Keilers and Marjorie Madsen Keilers.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors. Next year, only juniors will be recognized, in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year.

Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.

With a grade-point average of 4.0, Keilers is a member of National Honor Society and has managed to maintain high academic standards while running on the cross-country team since seventh grade and playing stringed instruments since fourth grade, namely, violin, viola, and now, upon receiving new hearing aids, the cello.

In addition to music, Keilers is also interested in science. Most recently, she won first place in the Los Alamos County Science Fair and second place in the Regional Science Fair in the physics and astronomy category. She also placed first in the NM Junior Academy of Science Paper Presentation at regionals and is going to the state competition.

Community service has been an important part of Keilers’s high school years. She has tutored students in LAHS’s Saturday School and has also assisted Latin I students during class.

As a deaf and hard-of-hearing teenager, she founded the LAHS Sign Language Club, which raised money for service dogs and for the Hand and Voices New Mexico Chapter, a nonprofit organization that supports deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families.

Keilers also has created a blog for deaf and hard-of-hearing teens called “Hear Chloe” http://hearchloe.blogspot.com/.

She was a member of the teen panel last summer for the family weekend hosted by the NM School for the Deaf. In keeping with these interests, Keilers was the only teenager who attended the Hand and Voices National Leadership Conference last year in Madison, Wisc.

Keilers was joined at the Rotary awards ceremony by her mother and by family friend, Mary Carol Williams. As the teachers who have had the most positive influence in her life, she selected LAHS teachers Margo Batha, AP language and composition, and Kathy Boerigter, AP chemistry.

As a part of Rotary International, the oldest service organization in the world with more than 1.2 million members, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos gratefully acknowledges the contributions Students of the Month and their families make to our community, a principle reflected in the organization’s motto, “Service above Self.”

LOS ALAMOS

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