Terry Wallace, left, son of the late State Rep. Jeannette O. Wallace, attended Kiwanis on June 16 to participate in the presentation of the Jeannette O. Wallace Memorial Award to Luke Kachelmeier, center.
Wallace said it was a “great pleasure” to see the award go to “a young man who is both an excellent student and dedicated to public service.” Luke is the son of Brian and Andrea Kachelmeier. His mother, right, also attended the ceremony. His father is the pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Kiwanis member
Morrie Pongratz introduced Kachelmeier,, noting that, “He has been very active in the Los Alamos High School Key Club for the past three years, serving as vice president this year and as junior class representative last year.” In addition to earning an excellent grade point average, Kachelmeier, was active in many extracurricular activities and service projects at LAHS. Pongratz said, for example, that he was a fundraiser for the United Way Youth Team; he was an outstanding soccer player; he played viola in the LAHS orchestra; and he was a member of the National Honor Society. He also worked as a student intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory.“Luke is the most outstanding young man in my memory!” Pongratz said,
Kachelmeier, told Kiwanis that he plans to attend the University of New Mexico this fall and major in math. Eventually, he plans “to go into education with that math degree.” He said his favorite volunteer activity during his time at LAHS was the Foster Children’s Party in Espanola. It was great, he said, to “see what the money collected actually does.” Pongratz asked him what he would change if he were appointed principal of LAHS, and he said he would try to keep academics, extracurricular activities, and sports in better balance.