What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?
I play football and rugby, I play trombone in my school's jazz band, I am a member of Debate Team, the It's Academic Team, and the Model Judiciary Team, am a co-founder of the DECA branch at my school, am Secretary of my school's Model UN Team, and am Secretary-Treasurer of my school's SCA.
If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would you pick? Why?
I would pick George Washington, because, while not necessarily our country's greatest or most able presidents, he was extremely loyal to the cause of democracy, and even when he could have easily remained in office until his death, he chose to step down and let another take his place.
What has been your proudest moment?
My proudest moment has been winning a case with my school's Model Judiciary team this past year. It took months of planning and study, and hours of argument, but ultimately we were able to convince a jury that our defendant was innocent. I was very proud to see all of my hard work pay off.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would learn to speak every language, because I believe that when you learn somebody else's language, you bridge a gap of misunderstanding and distrust that otherwise exists.
What would be the title of your autobiography?
The title of my autobiography would be "Sam Dubke, Who Actually Wrote this Book." Nowadays, so many of the autobiographies of celebrities and politicians are ghost-written by others, that I want mine to be genuine. Similarly, I want to be the same in whatever field I choose later in life.
Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?
I am committing to the Inspired Year because I believe that it is extremely important for all youths to become civically active, and one of the best ways to make that happen is to get the youth voting.
What does civic engagement mean to you?
To me, civic engagement means not only taking part in your local in federal governments by voting and volunteering, but also means understanding the issues that you are taking action on so that you can make the best decision possible.
What's your favorite thing about Virginia?
I love the state of Virginia because it is ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse. From the naval base of Hampton Roads, to the coal mines of the Appalachian Plateau, to the civic employees of Fairfax County, where 1 in 3 people were born out of the country, there are few other states which such variety.
Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?
I would like to see Virginia less economically dependent on the Federal government. If there were major spending cuts to the military or the bureaucratic institutions of D.C., the economy of northern and south-eastern Virginia would be devastated, as would that of the state as a whole. We should focus more on diversifying the economies of those regions, as well as improving those economies of rural and Appalachian Virginia, where poverty is more widespread.
If you could tell Governor McAuliffe one thing, what would you tell him?
I would tell the Governor that he needs to improve the education systems of Virginia, which, while having in some regions some of the greatest schools in the country, is lacking in others. Virginia has some of the greatest universities in the country, we should have a K-12 system that prepares students for that level of higher education.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?