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Amanda Mercer, a junior at Los Alamos High School, was honored as Rotary Student of the Month for April. Mercer is the daughter of Nancy Jo Nicholas and David Mercer and sister of Emily.
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 their service to the community.
An outstanding student, Mercer is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Key Club, the high school service and leadership organization sponsored by Kiwanis International.
In addition to participating annually in science fair competitions, Mercer serves as a student representative on the Board of Directors of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and is president of the LAHS International Club.
Mercer has found a place in her life for sports, particularly running.
She has participated in the Jemez Half-Marathon, the Caldera Half-Marathon, the YMCA High-Altitude Half-Marathon and the Bolder Boulder 10K race every year on Memorial Day in Colorado.
Mercer is a member of both the varsity cross-country and track and field teams, representing these sports as a team captain on the high school’s Captain’s Table, a sports leadership club. Mercer enjoys being outdoors: hiking, biking, and gardening.
Medicine is one of Mercer’s many interests, and she finds volunteering in physical therapy at the Los Alamos Medical Center particularly fulfilling.
She hopes to pursue a career as a pediatrician.