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Janali Gustafson, a senior at Los Alamos High School was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for September. Gustafson is the daughter of Sarah and John Gustafson and the sister of Elena and Nathaniel.
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, extracurricular activities and in particular, their service to the community.
Community service has been an important part of Gustafson’s four years at LAHS. Since her freshman year, she has been a member of Los Alamos Youth Leadership.
With her interest in establishing positive relationships between elementary school students and high school students, she organized Wild Day, a Saturday of recreational activities for elementary school students and also LAYL’s largest community service project.
Through the high school’s Environmental Club, Gustafson has also helped coordinate projects designed to motivate the community to adopt a greener lifestyle.
Additionally, Gustafson has been a member of the LAHS cross-country team since eighth grade and has served as team captain for the past three years, representing the team at Captain’s Table, a sports leadership club.
Besides her interest in service and athletics, Gustafson has maintained more than a 4.0 grade-point average; she was inducted into the National Honor Society as a sophomore.
With an interest in sports and wellness, Gustafson has worked at Rebound Physical Therapy since her sophomore year and plans to major in physical therapy studies in college.
In addition to her parents, Gustafson was joined at the awards ceremony by her grandmother Natali Steinberg and by LAHS social studies teacher Jonathan Frost, whom Gustafson 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 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.”