Victoria Cummins is the newest student to be honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Cummins is a caring young woman who is enthusiastic about helping others. On top of her philanthropic activities, Cummings maintains a 4.0 GPA. A member of DECA since her sophomore year, she currently serves as the DECA Vice President of Finances. She is also an active member of the National Honor Society and participates in track and field.
In her essay, Cummins described a community service project called Our Shining Star Cummins and a friend, Melani Moulton-G, designed. Our Shining Star was created specifically for Jesse Miller, a six-year old boy in Los Alamos who was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was only 20 months old. Cummins and Moulton-G organized several fundraising and awareness events in support of Jesse and his mother, Mariah. These events included the Pumpkin Glow concession stand, a car wash with the Los Alamos Fire Department, and the Be Grate-FULL charity dinner. They also established a Go-Fund-Me account to raise funds for hospital bills. Through Our Shining Star Cummins successfully raised nearly $3,000 for the Millers.
The Rotary Club’s motto is “Service above Self.” In addition to serving others through local and international service projects we believe in recognizing those who give of themselves to their community. Our Club sponsors the Student of the Month program to honor high school students who exemplify Rotary’s motto. Los Alamos High School teachers are asked to nominate students who:
Have given positive contributions to their school and the community;
Have a good attitude about learning;
Are good citizens and respectful of their teachers and peers; and
Have good grades, attendance, and classroom participation.
Additionally, nominees write essays describing how they use community service to address a significant problem youth may face today. The Student of the Month committee selected the winners based on their demonstrated service and exemplification of the Rotary Four-Way Test.