Toni Batha. Photo by Tara Key
Toni Batha, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for November.
Batha is the daughter of Margo and Steve and sister of Benjamin Batha.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition. Students are nominated by their teachers and chosen on the basis of their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and, in particular, their service to the community.
An accomplished member of the LAHS Hilltalker Speech and Debate Team, Batha has served the award-winning club for five years, coordinating community service projects and team practices, mentoring new members, and organizing three state-wide tournaments. Significantly, Batha is one of several Hilltalkers who successfully established a speech and debate team at Los Alamos Middle School.
Teen Court, a peer-to-peer counseling sentencing program for teens in Los Alamos County, has also benefited from Batha’s volunteer service. She has served in capacities as judge, jury monitor, defender and prosecutor and has also worked with parents, teens, and LAHS staff to provide a plan to address truancy issues.
As an assistant sports editor last year for the high school’s La Loma yearbook, as well as the senior page editor this year, Batha has photographed numerous athletic events and has spent many afternoons at the high school designing layouts, sorting and editing photos, and overseeing production.
Batha is a monthly volunteer in the nursery care program at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a summer counselor last year for 15 young students at Camp Invention, a science day-camp at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.
Batha played saxophone in the LAHS Marching Band for three years and is continuing her musical studies this year by learning the clarinet. In the spring, she plans to play both saxophone and clarinet in the pit orchestra for the high school musical. She is an excellent student, maintaining a high GPA in all classes throughout high school.
In addition to her parents, Batha was joined at the awards ceremony by LAHS language arts teacher Catherine Puranananda, whom Batha selected as the teacher who has had the most positive influence in her life.
As a part of Rotary International, the oldest and largest service organization in the world with more than 1.2 million members, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos gratefully acknowledges the contributions Students of the Month and their families make to our community, a principle reflected in the organization’s motto, Service Above Self.