The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is pleased to announce that Natalie Aulwes has been selected as one of its two 2020 Community Service Award recipients. The honor carries an award of $2000 and is given to high school seniors in recognition of exceptional service to others in hopes of encouraging recipients to continue their service well into the future. Traditionally the awards are presented during the Los Alamos High School Convocation at the end of May. We regret that public health precautions prevent us for applauding these graduating seniors in person!
Aulwes has provided outstanding community service by initiating, planning, and implementing her Girl Scout Gold Award project in which she successfully created and led an all-girls engineering workshop. The participants were able “to learn in a friendly and encouraging environment” that engaged them in many aspects of engineering. The girls learned about drafting by hand and on computers, and Aulwes was able to showcase the first part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project: “designing and building a more efficient and accessible, solar-operated helicopter landing zone” for our local ski hill to assist the Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol in its ambulance transport. (The helicopter pad is located on the east side of the mountain.) Aulwes took the girls through the step-by-step process and was “able to immerse them into the exciting world of engineering.”
In addition to her focused interest in engineering and related subjects, Aulwes has been a member of the Bradbury Science Museum Advisory Board, a member of the Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team, the Robotics Club, and the United Way Leadership Team. She has spent many hours participating in First Lego League competitions and is a member of National Honor Society. As a student athlete, Aulwes is an active swimmer and member of the National Volunteer Ski Patrol.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos commends Aulwes for her community service and wishes her only the best as she pursues her interests in mechanical and biomedical engineering in college.
Aulwes is the daughter of Rob Aulwes and Sheila and Robert McClees.