Brookings High School seniors Samyok Nepal and Bidhi Kasu were honored as the Brookings Rotary Club’s November Students of the Month. The students joined the Club’s Zoom meeting to address the members and receive their recognition.
Nepal is the son of Madhau Nepal and Kopila Nepal. At BHS, he has been active in Science Olympiad (captain), Science Bowl (captain), National Honor Society (president), Quiz Bowl and Debate (national qualifier). In the community, he has participated in Bobcat Notify and Brookings Math Circle (co-founder and instructor). He was a National Merit Semifinalist and a Congressional App Challenge winner. Nepal plans to study computer science after taking a gap year to travel and code.
Kasu is the daughter of Bijaya Pradhan and Bishal Kasu. At BHS, she has been involved in Environmental Club (co-president), Student Council (co-president), Multicultural Club (president), Spanish Club (president), Speech and Debate, Science Olympiad (state finalist in four events), Thespians, National Honor Society, HOSA, Quiz Bowl and Book Club. She also served as Writing Director for Girl Genius Magazine and was a recycling volunteer in the community. An AP Scholar with Distinction, she received the Music Scholar Award three times for her participation in Orchestra.  Kasu plans to pursue a pre-medical track following high school graduation.
Each month during the school year, the Brookings Rotary Club recognizes two students who excel in exhibiting its motto “Service Above Self” and fulfill the ideals of the organization’s Four-Way Test: Is it the truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 
For more information about the Brookings Rotary Club, contact President Don Norton at The club, currently meeting virtually each Tuesday at 12 p.m., is part of Rotary International, a service organization with more than 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs in about 200 countries and territories around the world. This year’s international theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities.”