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Emma Phillips, a junior at Los Alamos High School, was recently honored as February’s Rotary Student of the Month. Phillips is the daughter of David and Edie May Phillips and sister of Nate and Elyse.
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.
Phillips’s involvement in school and church activities demonstrates the important role community service plays in her life. With interests in serving the disadvantaged, Phillips has traveled with the youth group from her church, Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran, to feed homeless people in Denver. Through similar church activities, she has had the opportunity to cook meals for the needy at St. Elizabeth Shelter in Santa Fe, which provides emergency lodging, food and counseling for the homeless.
In 2012, Phillips attended a church-sponsored National Youth Gathering in New Orleans where she and other members of her youth group helped underprivileged residents of the city and worked with children on literacy skills.
Phillips is an excellent student, maintaining a high grade-point average, and is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Natural Helpers, a national program through which she was selected by her peers as someone with a natural skill for helping others.
She also serves as secretary of the LAHS Student Council, is president of the high school French Club, and is a co-junior class representative for Key Club, the high school service and leadership organization sponsored by Kiwanis International.
Phillips was joined at the awards ceremony by her parents and brother and selected Margo Batha, LAHS language arts teacher and Hilltalker coach, as the teacher who has had the most positive influence in her 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 the community, a principle reflected in the organization’s motto, “Service Above Self.”