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Sandra Zerkle was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for February.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one outstanding student of the current Los Alamos High School graduating class to honor each month. Students are selected on the basis of academic success, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.
Along with her parents, Carolyn and David Zerkle, she chose Diane Medford, her physics and advanced placement environmental science teacher and faculty advisor of the Los Alamos High School Environmental Club, to join her in accepting this honor. Zerkle said, “Mrs. Medford’s teaching and mentoring this year has really influenced my passion for science, renewable energy and service to the community.”
Zerkle is the vice president of the Los Alamos High School National Honor Society, the secretary of Environmental Club and a member of the Key Club, which has allowed her to be involved in leadership and community service efforts throughout Los Alamos County.
She has helped organize and has participated in community activities such as county fundraisers, pancake breakfasts and the recent Rotary Crab Fest.
She is also a multi-year volunteer coordinator for the annual Tour de Los Alamos bicycle road race, where she helps with all facets of race preparation, including race marketing, pre-race registration, race day traffic control and post-race reports. Zerkle also annually supports the local Atomic Man Duathlon, Los Alamos Triathlon and Buffalo Thunder 12K, with traffic control.
Zerkle played school and club volleyball throughout elementary school, middle school and through her junior year of high school.
Zerkle is currently taking four advanced placement courses during her senior year at Los Alamos High School.
Her plans after high school include attending college to study biology, possibly with concentration in ecology/evolutionary biology, or neurobiology. Zerkle has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Ecology and Air Quality Group at Rebound Physical Therapy and at Dr. McDonald’s dental office in Los Alamos. She plans to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division this summer.
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.