Sudeep Dasari, a junior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Dasari is the son of Venkat and Anjali Dasari and brother of Shaunak.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. This year’s recipients reflect a combination of both LAHS seniors and juniors; next year, only juniors will be 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.
With a grade-point average exceeding 4.8, Dasari’s transcript reflects the time he devotes to academics and the scholarly quality of his work. He is an active member of the Hilltalkers, the award-winning LAHS speech and debate team, and currently serves as the captain of extemporaneous speaking and participates as a member of the policy debate team. He has placed in both events. To polish his writing and oratory skills, Dasari attended a debate camp last summer at UC Berkeley.
Teaming with Colin Redman and David Murphy, Dasari has successfully competed in the Supercomputing Challenge three years in a row. Most recently, he and his teammates received multiple awards for their computational modeling of a vortex, such as a hurricane or tornado, using multithreading and GPU to increase the speed of the program.
Dasari has also found time to include community service among his interests, helping teachers move into new classrooms when the high school remodel was complete and fund-raising with the Hilltalkers to defray the costs of tournament participation. For the last two years, Dasari has volunteered in the set-up and operation of the Tour de Los Alamos bicycle race.
When he is not immersed in supercomputing or debate, Dasari can often be found playing the piano, a favorite pastime since second grade.
Dasari was joined at the Rotary awards ceremony by his mother and selected Margo Batha, LAHS AP Language and Composition teacher and Hilltalkers coach, as the teacher who has had the most positive influence in his life.
As a part of Rotary International, the oldest 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.