Marcus Gutierrez. Courtesy photo
Marcus Gutierrez, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for October.
Gutierrez is the son of Melinda and Joaquin Gutierrez and brother of Deanna and James Gutierrez.
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. 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.
Community service has been an important part of Gutierrez’s academic life. For the past two summers, Gutierrez has volunteered at the medical offices of Dr. James Ziomek, assisting with office work and minor procedures as part of a physician-shadowing opportunity.
Service trips to orphanages in Honduras and Colorado inspired him to coordinate a school-wide toy and school supplies drive at LAHS to benefit these children and resulted in the collection of donations large enough to fill seven suitcases.
With an interest in fitness that goes back to 8th grade, Gutierrez wrote a computer program while at Los Alamos Middle School that is designed to help patients select their ideal pair of running/fitness shoes based upon arch support, cushioning, and price range.
Pursuing this interest, Gutierrez has been a member of the LAHS Cross-Country Team since 8th grade and on the Track and Field team for the last two years.
In addition to his interest in athletics and in service through school and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church activities, Gutierrez is an excellent student, maintaining well above a 4.0 grade-point average.
He is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Natural Helpers, a peer-nominated counseling group. In addition, Gutierrez volunteers with the Teen Court and as a tutor.
Also, notably, Gutierrez is compiling an anthology of sheet music containing the transcriptions he is making of his grandfather’s traditional Northern New Mexico music in order for others to enjoy this essential component of New Mexican culture.
In addition to his parents, Gutierrez was joined at the October awards ceremony by LAHS social studies teacher Jonathan Frost, whom Gutierrez selected as the teacher who has had the most positive influence in his life.
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.