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The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently honored Emma Catherine Carroll as the Student of the Month for September.
Emma is the daughter of David Carroll (’Topper Class of 1965) and Janice Carroll, an LAPS teacher. Her sister Anna Carroll is a sophomore at LAHS.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one outstanding student from the current Los Alamos High School senior class to honor each month of the school year. The Rotary Student of the Month Committee chooses students on the basis of their record of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and service to the community.
Emma is a member of the National Honor Society and maintains a higher than 4.0 grade point average.
She is the president of the LAHS Key Club and the Lincoln-Douglas Captain/Secretary of the LAHS Speech and Debate Team. Emma is in her fifth year on the LAHS Cross Country Team.
Emma’s dedication to service began even before she became a Daisy Girl Scout in kindergarten and continues to shape her choices for her life after high school. Emma is vice-chair of the Youth Advisory Board of Los Alamos County, an “attorney” for Teen Court, a student auxiliary at the Los Alamos Medical Center, a fundraiser/adoptive caregiver for the Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary, and a volunteer for Rustic Pathways in Costa Rica, India, Thailand, China and Tanzania.
The scope of her service extends from abandoned newborn puppies in New Mexico to the children of Third World countries. Emma believes “ensuring that community service is an integral part of the lives of teenagers is the perfect antidote to today’s stressful and competitive world.”
Emma plans to attend college and pursue a career in psychology and medicine.
Emma chose to honor Morrie Pongratz, the Kiwanis sponsor to the LAHS Key Club, for mentoring her growth from a shy freshman to a confidant leader as a senior.
At the Rotary Club luncheon in Emma’s honor, her mother said, “Key Club has done a lot for Emma.” To which Mr. Pongratz added, “And Emma has done a lot for Key Club.”
Rotary is an international service organization with more than a million members worldwide in 73 countries. Working with the World Health Organization, Rotary International is fighting to eradicate polio. Locally, the Rotary club supports youth programs, scholarships and awards, as well as educational efforts internationally and provides community service both locally and internationally.