Yeanwoo Park receives the Distinguished Student of Service Award May 17 from Rotarian Vincent Chiravalle as his parents, Kyunghee Chae and Young-Shin Park, and LAHS music teacher Michelle Rosette share the moment at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Linda Hull
By VINCENT CHIRAVALLE & LINDA HULL
Rotary Club of Los Alamos
The Club then selects students based on their demonstrated spirit of service and the example of the Rotary 4-Way Test: Is This the Truth? Is it fair to everyone involved? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial for all concerned?
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently selected Yeanwoo Park as a Distinguished Service Student.
Park is indeed one who has made service a part of his life and is also a well-rounded student.
He is a member of both Natural Helpers, a self-help organization providing support to fellow students, and Key Club, a Kiwanis-based service organization. He is also an active volunteer for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
In addition to focusing on academics, Park finds time to compose and arrange music and plays the piano, cello, and balalaika. He has held leadership positions in many musical groups. Park enjoys running and hiking with friends.
In excerpts from a Rotary essay, Park shared one of the challenges facing young people today: namely, “the ability and willingness of students to seek support and help from their own leader”.
At a Natural Helpers retreat, he learned that “our student population faces a constant struggle.” To that end, Park helped compile and provide lists of available mental health professionals to Natural Helpers members and close friends. He hopes to “provide every student who currently attends Los Alamos High School with an in-depth knowledge of the support and therapy services available.”
Park continues, “In initially showcasing the resources, I plan to create informative pieces containing the contact and location information of various professionals relevant to high school students through newsletters, emails, student newspapers, and whatever. available means deemed appropriate.
Maintaining confidentiality is critical to the program’s success, he said, adding that “the sense of security of these services must remain firmly intact.”
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos considers this a very commendable effort and commends Yeanwoo Park for its service to the youth of Los Alamos.
Park is the son of Young-Shin Park and Kyunghee Chae. He named Los Alamos Michelle Rosette, director of the high school orchestra and district music teacher, is the teacher who has most influenced her life.
Rotarian Vincent Chiravalle chairs the Distinguished Student of Service Awards program.