Samantha Carley

St. John Paul the Great

Class of 2018

What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?

I enjoy playing varsity softball and field hockey for my school. I also am an avid member of Model United Nations, Cappies, and the Spanish Club. I volunteer with Student Ambassadors, and the St. Raymond's Youth Group. I tutor as a member of the National Spanish and Math Honor Societies. In my free time I love to read, teach swim lessons, and go to baseball games.

If you played Major League Baseball, what would be your walk-out song?

Foreplay/Long Time by Boston

What has been your proudest moment?

In 2014 as an eighth grader I won Grand Prize at the Prince William Manassas Science Fair and was invited to the national competition. I had spent three months doing countless experiments, and another two on research. It was amazing to see my hard work pay off. That day was a moment of joy, excitement, and pride that I will never forget.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

The Possibly Extra, Most Definitely Ordinary Life of Me (And What I Learned Along the Way)

Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?

Since I was a little girl my parents stressed the importance of participation. Whether it meant sports, academics, or civic duties I learned participation to be the key to success. By committing to the Inspired Year I can help to spread the importance of participation to my peers, who more often than not, don't view its importance when concerning civic duties. The ability to vote, and in turn change the world around you, is a magical privilege. The Inspired Year will help me bring this privilege to numerous teens and help to further the movement of change and participation. 

What does civic engagement mean to you?

Civic engagement is an opportunity to me. By making use of civic engagement numerous opportunities and chances arise. One can use their voice to change the world around them through civc engagement. 

What's your favorite thing about Virginia?

My favorite thing about Virginia is the diversity across the state. If I drive thirty minutes north of my house I can explore Washington DC, but a thirty minute drive south lands me in spacious farmland. With such a thriving economy people from all over the nation and world flock to Virginia, giving the state a unique community. Even the weather here is diverse. One day school could be closed due to snow, and the next sun is peeping through the clouds and it is seventy degrees outside. 

Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?

In twenty years I would love to see Virginia continue to flourish and grow as a state. Preferably I would like to see the general economic stability of Northern Virginia to continue to spread throughout the state, and the traffic to improve (although that might be a long shot). Virginia is already a wonderful state and I cannot wait to see how it improves in the next twenty years!