MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Lauren Hutnik is Westlake High School's Rotary Student of the Month in Mount Pleasant.
On any given day, the 17-year-old senior can be found after school working on projects with the Science Olympiad club, captaining the Mock Trial club, doing public relations work for the Social Studies Honor Society or going to meetings for one of the numerous clubs that she holds membership. She is also one of the founders and first president of the Science Honor Society, which held its first induction last April.
In addition to the myriad clubs and school activities she is involved in, Lauren is first and foremost a community-minded volunteer. She has amassed more than 650 hours of community service over her high school career by filling her not-so-spare time tutoring, working with children in her temple’s youth group and as a Certified First Responder and Junior Corps captain in the Valhalla Ambulance Corps.
“I like a busy schedule,” said Lauren, who added that volunteering is pretty much a family tradition. She is following the lead of her older brothers, both Westlake grads, who were heavily involved in giving back to the community.
“Its a unique feeling. You don’t get that from many other activities,” she declared.
As president of her youth group, Lauren organizes trips to Brooklyn to do volunteer work on weekends for the Hasidic communities in Crown Heights. She also teaches younger students at Hebrew school and says she loves working with kids.
Then there’s the ambulance corps. Some days the ambulance corps feels like a second home to Lauren, who spends most of her scheduled on-call time at the Westlake Drive headquarters catching up on training or doing homework. As a junior corps volunteer, Lauren entered the corps and was trained in CPR, but the aspiring doctor went the extra mile and got her CFR certification.
“It’s very useful,” she said, adding that she plans to take EMT classes when she turns 18.
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