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Chloe Keilers, a junior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month.
Keilers is the daughter of Chuck and Marjorie Madsen Keilers.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors. Next year, only juniors will be recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and, in particular, service to the community.
With a grade-point average of 4.0, Keilers is a member of National Honor Society and has managed to maintain high academic standards while running on the cross country team since seventh grade and while playing stringed instruments since fourth grade, namely, violin, viola, and now, upon receiving new hearing aids, she plays cello.
In addition to music, Keilers has an interest in science. Most recently, she won first place in the Los Alamos County Science Fair and took second place in the Regional Fair in the Physics and Astronomy category.
She also won first place in the New Mexico Junior Academy of Science Paper Presentation at regionals and is going to state competition.
Community service has been an important part of Keilers’ high school years. She has tutored students in the high school’s Saturday School and has also assisted Latin I students during class.
As a hard-of-hearing teenager, she founded the LAHS Sign Language Club, which raised money for service dogs and for the Hand and Voices New Mexico Chapter, a nonprofit that supports deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families.
Keilers has also created a blog for deaf and hard-of-hearing teens called “Hear Chloe” (HearChloe.blogspot.com). She was a member of the teen panel last summer for the family weekend hosted by the New Mexico School for the Deaf.
In keeping with these interests, Chloe was also the only teenager who attended the Hand and Voices National Leadership Conference last year in Madison, Wis.
Keilers was joined at the Rotary awards ceremony by her mother and by family friend, Mary Carol Williams.
As the teachers who have had the most positive influence in her life, she selected Margo Batha, LAHS AP Language and Composition teacher, and AP chemistry teacher Kathy Boerigter.