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Marcus Gutierrez, a senior at Los Alamos High School, 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.
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, he 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 eighth 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 eighth 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 has maintained a higher than 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, Gutierrez is compiling an anthology of sheet music containing the transcriptions he is making of his grandfather’s traditional Northern New Mexico music, so others can enjoy this component of New Mexican culture.
In addition to his parents, LAHS social studies teacher Jonathan Frost, whom Gutierrez selected as the teacher who has had the most positive influence in his life, joined Gutierrez at the awards ceremony.
As a part of Rotary International, the oldest and largest service organization in the world with over 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.