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The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects a graduating senior from Los Alamos High School to honor each month and recently, Keanna Cohen was honored as the Rotary Club Student of the Month. Students are selected on the basis of their academic success, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.
Cohen is the daughter of Stephanie Archuleta, Sean French and Scott Cohen. Cohen chose Bernadette Lauritzen, an adult mentor and community member, to join her and her parents in accepting this honor.
Throughout Cohen’s high school career, Lauritzen has supported Cohen for many of her community service events.
“She’s like a second mom, and I’m the daughter she never had,” Cohen said. “Whenever I’m having trouble organizing my life, I call Bernadette and she helps me get into order. Upon my senior year, she sat me down and said, ‘Keanna, this is your last year. It’s going to fly by. Do what you want and nothing else.’ When I’m about to pull my hair out, Bernadette’s statement pops into my head.”
Cohen has chosen to take on a full load of courses during her senior year, three of which are advanced placement courses. In addition, Cohen has spent the last three years as a contributor to the La Loma Yearbook. She has served as co-editor during both her junior and senior years. Cohen has also played a lead role in student council, accepting the role as a class officer for each of the four years, and is currently senior class co-president. She is a member of National Honor Society and Natural Helpers and can often be found running around the high school fulfilling her various duties.
Cohen’s fall schedule includes playing girls varsity soccer. She has also been a member of the United Way Youth Team for the past three years, serving as the 2010 campaign youth chairperson and leading her team to raise their goal of $8,000.
Cohen said Los Alamos Youth Leadership has been one of the most influential organizations in which she has participated.
“It has offered me a unique community involvement opportunity where I have developed and maintained working relationships with community adults including Bernadette, Sharon Stover and Morrie Pongratz,” Cohen said.
After she completes this semester, Cohen plans to return to her job at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. She said she enjoys her job and the people she works with and would not have been afforded this opportunity without the help of Lauritzen.
Cohen plans to attend a four-year college or university where she plans to study political science, international relations and law. She said she does not know what her future career plans are, but is excited to see what’s in store for her.