Rotary honors Kayla Arnone

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By Special to the Monitor

Rotary Club of Los Alamos honors Los Alamos High School seniors each month, and Kayla Arnone was chosen to be Student of the Month for September. She invited her employer of two years, psychologist Heather Cole, to accompany her to the club’s honoring luncheon at the University of New Mexico- Los Alamos Oct. 30.

Arnone was born in Los Alamos to Gaetano and Beth Arnone. She attended Sage Montessori from preschool until she transferred to Pion Elementary School in fifth grade. There, she actively participated in theater and in fifth grade, won the county speech contest.

After being honored for her outstanding academic achievements at Los Alamos Middle School, she continued her hard work and dedication to her schoolwork in high school. In addition, to being a member of the National Honor Society, she participated in orchestra, choir soccer, track and numerous clubs. Her interests in community service became apparent when she began volunteering in the community through these different clubs.

Key Club was the first

volunteer organization Arnone joined where she helped serve at the Pancake Breakfasts held at the senior center and during the winter season, volunteered at a special dinner in appreciation of Espaola foster families. Arnone believes that Key Club opened her eyes to the benefits and enjoyment of volunteering in the community.

She is now a member of Juntos, an organization striving to bring youth from Los Alamos, Espaola and Pojoaque together. Last year, she attended the first summit held in El Rito.

In the community, she is a board member of the Youth Advisory Board and during last summer, she volunteered at the Betty Ehart Senior Center working with R.S.V.P. Recently, she joined the Heart Council as a student member and worked the booth for the Heart Council at the 2008 Health Fair. She is also an active member of Peace Club and Environmental Club.

Keeping with active volunteering, Arnone wishes to continue in service work while attending college, After working for Cole, she became interested in a career in psychology as well as a career in the medical field or journalism, but has not decided. In college, Arnone wishes to keep an open mind about any occupation as long as it requires helping and meeting new people.

The Rotary Club is the first service club and works internationally to promote service in the community to achieve international understanding and goodwill.