Kiwanis Awards Kristen Haertling With Jeannette O. Wallace Scholarship

From left, Adult Key Club Mentors Don Casperson and Morrie Pongratz, Kristen Haertling, Jeannette Wallace’s son Terry Wallace, Haertling’s mother Trudy Haertling, Haertling’s father Mike Haertling, Kiwanis President Karen Kendall and Haertling’s brother Daniel. Photo by Sharon Stover 


The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Kristen Haertling with a scholarship award Tursday in memory of longtime Kiwanian Jeannette O. Wallace. Haertling will attend Texas Tech University and major in arts and sciences with a minor in music.

Haertling was selected for the scholarship because of her strong participation in Key Club. She has served as historian, club secretary and president and participated in Key Club activities including Kiwanis Breakfasts, building Homecoming floats (which won first place two years in a row), rummage sale fundraiser, Relay for Life on team Kiwanis, Reading Buddies, Purple Toilet, Española Foster Children’s Christmas Program, and the Piñon Pumpkin Patch.  

In addition, Haertling chaired Project Eliminate, which helped raised money to rid the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus. She also is a member of the National Honor Society.  

Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos and focuses on youth projects. A significant portion of funds raised for the scholarship program is supported by donations received at the Fourth of July Fireworks Show at Overlook Park.

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