Los Alamos High School junior Ethan Aulwes, center, is awarded the Distinguished Student of Service at a recent Rotary Club meeting. He is joined by, from left, teacher Catherine Purananda, Rotarians Karen Easton and Vincent Chiravelle and teacher Anita Boshier. Photo by Sheila McClees
Los Alamos High School junior Ethan Aulwes was honored recently by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a Distinguished Student of Service. Aulwes is the son of Rob Aulwes and Sheila and Dr. Robert McClees.
Each school year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects nine high school juniors to honor as a Distinguished Student of Service. Juniors are 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.
Aulwes is involved in many community services, activities, and athletics and maintains a high GPA. He volunteers for the National Ski Patrol, Rocky Mt. Division – Pajarito Mtn., and with the YMCA Youth Conservation Corps. He is active in Boy Scouts of America (BSA), achieving Eagle Scout with honors from Troop 122. He has attended the BSA National Youth
Leadership Training and has participated in the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. Aulwes is captain of Front Ensemble – LAHS Marching Band, plays bagpipe, and is an active member of Key Club. He also is in the National Honor Society, a member of the LAHS Swim team and state qualifier, a Gold Medalist winner at the National German exams, has been recognized at local and national Science Fairs, and is the first recipient of the New Mexico Congressional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) award.
When asked about one of the challenges facing today’s youth, Aulwes wrote in a Rotary essay that he identified a loss of connection due to Internet and smartphones. “Youth are more inclined to rely on technological exchanges, lacking vital interpersonal skills.” He has developed interpersonal skills through his community service experience with Boys Scouts and Pajarito Ski Patrol. He promotes servant leadership and outdoor skills to his peers and believes it helps develop valuable interpersonal skills.
Aulwes was recommended by German teacher Anita Boshier and AP Literature and Composition teacher Catherine Puranananda. Both joined Aulwes and his family at the Rotary luncheon.