Youth Spotlight

Posted on January 01, 2018

Samantha Werner is being honored as the Eagle River Youth Coalition's January youth spotlight. In addition to her academic excellence as a junior at Eagle Valley High School, Samantha has a heart of service. Perhaps you participated in the first annual 5K Reindeer Dash or had a cup of chili at the Eagle Holiday parade this past holiday in Eagle? She helped organize these fundraising events, along with two of her fellow classmates. They will use the funds for a service trip in July to the Dominican Republic. Samantha genuinely lives by a code of kindness and respect, giving back to the community that we share.

Samantha Werner

Samantha is not only an accomplished student, she is also involved in a multitude of extracurricular activities. She participates in cross country, nordic skiing, track, DADD (Devils Against Destructive Decisions), and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). Samantha volunteers her time at TED EX Youth Vail, EVTV (Advanced Broadcast) and the Eagle River Youth Coalition. In addition, she has been accepted to volunteer as a Gap Medic where only 16 youth from around the world are chosen each year as volunteers. Samantha, along with two other EVHS students, will travel to Dominican Republic for two weeks to work in a hospital in a rural part of the country. This pre-health shadowing program is for students applying to medical school, nursing school, or other health degree programs. The application process was rigorous and required interviews with her High School teachers and countless letters of references and essays. Not surprisingly, her hard work paid off and she was accepted!

Samantha has been fundraising for this trip for the past few months, and will have to raise over $2,500 in order to participate. The experience will give her practical hands-on pre-medical knowledge to help prepare her for college. Samantha realizes that this medic shadowing experience will provide exposure to different cultures and opportunity to learn more about global health and the disparities that exist. Samantha has always felt the need to “volunteer”. After this experience of shadowing in places where communities do not have sufficient resources, she is certain that it will push her to want to help people even more. In preparation for the trip, Samantha is learning Spanish and researching the culture and area activities that she can immerse herself in during her time off.

When Samantha is not volunteering, she is a star student at Eagle Valley High School, a member of the EVHS cross country and track team, and a student leader for Eagle Valley High School’s DADD (Devils Against Destructive Decisions) club. Her advice to other students thinking about volunteering: “Volunteering is a great opportunity to help you determine which activities and non-profits you are passionate about – it is just a matter of getting out there and trying it. Don't be shy! Go with a friend!”. Looking ahead to the future, she aims for Pre-Med at either Western Washington University or Colorado State University.

If you would like to learn more about Samantha's Gap Medic trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic you can email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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