Caitlin (“Katie”) Haynes, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for January.
Haynes is the daughter of Karen and Don Haynes and older sister of Trip Haynes. Haynes is an active member of the LAHS Hilltalker Speech and Debate Team, an award-winning club, and has served as a team captain for three years.
Active on the national debate circuit, she has won awards at some of the most competitive tournaments in the country. She has also received the National Forensic League’s highest honor – the title of Academic All-American, an award based on service.
An excellent student, she is a National Merit semi-finalist and a member of the National Honor Society, where she currently serves as treasurer.
Haynes has participated as both judge and attorney in Teen Court, a nationally recognized early intervention and restorative justice program for students 12-18.
She also is president of the LAHS Choirs and a member of the Los Alamos Choral Society where she sings soprano. She has regularly served in the Junior Core at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
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.
As the teacher who has had the most positive influence in her life, Haynes named Janet Newton, a LAHS humanities teacher and Hilltalker coach whose classroom is a safe haven for students to express themselves and whose worldwide experiences have inspired Haynes. Following graduation, Haynes hopes to pursue international business and law.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition.
As a part of Rotary International, the oldest and largest 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.