Student Making a Difference: Meet Samantha Sterghos

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Anyone walking the hallways of Piper High School in
Sunrise might not notice Samantha Sterghos.

She doesn’t stand out, unless you know her.

“In my seven years here, I can count on one hand
students who are anywhere near the caliber of Samantha,” said Brenda Sterling,
Samantha’s AP English teacher. “She’s the type of student who isn’t just
concerned about the end result, the grade, she truly wants to learn and be
better.”

Simply put, Samantha is the best at her school, a
senior who has earned straight A’s since freshman year with a schedule which
includes 12 AP classes and some dual enrollment college courses as well. She is
the likely valedictorian.

“I feel a really strong sense of accomplishment
knowing that I was able to do that,” Samantha says.

But wait, there’s more!

There’s a lot more to Samantha than perfect grades.
She is the president of Piper’s Impact service club, she’s been captain of the
swim team all four years, and she works after school as a swimming instructor,
often teaching autistic and disabled kids to not fear the water.

“They have a harder time understanding things,
having that patience and willing to work with them, it’s worth it,” Samantha
explained.  “Community service is something that I really find important
to be able to do and inspire others to do as well.”

So her teacher calls Samantha one of a kind, what
do you think her friends call her? You guessed it: a role model.

“I think she’s a role model because I look up to
her sometimes because she’s juggled so many things with work, academics,” said
fellow senior, Deasia St. Vil. “I’m very much appreciative that I have her as
my friend and people should look up to her.”

“If you need something you can always count on her,
she’s always there and she’s reliable, she’s responsible,” added classmate
Savannah Grand.

So she’s brilliant and compassionate, the kid
others turn to for help, which sounds like all the ingredients necessary to
achieve her career goal.

“I’ve always wanted to become a doctor, but after
having family members that have had cancer, my mom had breast cancer, my
grandfather had colon cancer, and seeing their fight, and seeing what doctors
have been able to do for them made me want to do the same for others,” Samantha
said.

Samantha credits her teachers with pushing her to
take the toughest classes and to succeed in them.

So it’s like a principle of physics, they pushed,
and now she’s got unstoppable momentum. Samantha is on her way.


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