Jessie Zhao, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for December.
Zhao is the daughter of Shaoping Chu and Xinxin Zhao and sister of William and Steven Zhao.
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.
Zhao is an active member of the LAHS Hilltalker Speech and Debate Team, an award-winning club, and currently serves as team president.
In addition, she is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, and a youth leader for Café Scientifique, organizing lectures for teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.
In her junior year, Zhao volunteered at the White Rock Branch Library as an assistant in the youth summer reading program, and earlier this year, she began serving as a junior volunteer at the Los Alamos Medical Center where she is a nurse assistant in the intensive care and surgical units.
When Zhao, an excellent student and National Merit semi-finalist, isn’t studying or involved in the activities cited above, she enjoys swimming and playing the piano. She was elected Homecoming Queen.
In addition to her mother, Zhao was joined at the awards ceremony by LAHS language arts teacher and Hilltalker coach Margo Batha, whom Zhao 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.