Rotary Distinguished Student of Service Beatrice Nisoli speaks at Rotary, as from left, Rotarian Alison Pannell, parents Cristiano and Donatella Nisoli, and teacher Margo Batha look on. Photo by Oliver Morris
Los Alamos High School junior Beatrice Nisoli was honored recently by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a Distinguished Student of Service. Nisoli is the daughter of Donatella and Cristiano Nisoli.
Each school year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects nine high school juniors to honor as a Distinguished Student of Service. Juniors are recognized in hopes of inspiring their interest in Rotary programs that fall during the summer following junior year. 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.
Nisoli has made service part of her life with involvement in several community services, activities, and athletics. Not only is she a member of the National Honor Society, but also head prosecutor for Teen Court, a Juvenile Justice Advisory Board program, and founder of the LAHS Lunch Bunch Club. She is involved in altar service at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, is the Lincoln Douglas captain of the Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team, and is a member of Dance Arts of Los Alamos.
In an essay, Nisoli shared one of the challenges facing today’s youth: to be heard and included. “Our town has always made it their mission to never settle for anything until every teenager feels like they have a voice, a passion and a feeling of inclusion.” She has taken this to heart and has made it her mission as well. She noticed that students in the Special Education program at Los Alamos High School are often alienated and lonely, despite efforts to mainstream. Together with faculty members, she formed The Lunch Bunch Club, a buddy system in which high school students are paired with a group of special needs students; they eat lunch together once a week. Students have formed connections and friendships that extend beyond school. She is most proud of this program because it highlights the values of inclusion and equal treatment for all.
Nisoli was joined at the luncheon by her parents and Language Arts teacher and Hilltalkers coach Margo Batha, who Nisoli considers her most influential teacher.