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Caitlin (“Katie”) Haynes, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for January. Haynes is the daughter of Karen and Don Haynes and older sister of Trip Haynes.
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.
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 what are considered 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. 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 is also 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.
As the teacher who has had the most positive influence in her life, Haynes named Janet Newton, a LAHS humanities teacher and Hilltalker coach. She said Newton’s classroom is a safe haven for students to express themselves and her worldwide experiences have inspired Haynes. Following graduation, Haynes hopes to pursue international business and law.
As a part of Rotary International, the oldest and largest service organization in the world with more than 1.2 million members.