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Sam: Scholar-Athlete

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On or off the field, senior Samantha Jiron is an outstanding student with a lot of Stingaree pride

 

Miami High student

Although there are many high schools to choose from, Miami High was Samantha’s first choice. Some of her family members are alumni and so the choice was basically made for her.

Samantha is involved in many different activities around the school, such as Beta, Future Educators of America (F.E.A.), WMHS and softball. While Samantha has a lot on her plate, she still manages to remain a scholar with a 3.9 GPA, with a 4.4 weighted.

“The best things about Miami High are the many caring teachers and the amount of school spirit everyone has. Everybody is involved in something,” she said. “That motivated me to stay involved throughout my years here. It’s basically my second home.”

 

Softball

Samantha is currently the softball captain and has been for the past 2 years. “I became the softball captain by showing leadership skills and because my head coach, Waldo, recognized my potential,” she said.

She believes that joining softball has been one of the best decisions she’s made throughout all her years in high school. “I’ve learned how to really love the sport, while along the way creating many friendships,” she said.

A part of the softball team since her freshman year, Samantha joined the team because she felt that it was the best fit for her. She has been the team’s starting pitcher for the past 3 years. “It’s just the position I’m good at,” she said.

While she loves the sport, she doesn’t plan on playing softball in college but still plans to play in leagues.

 

TV Production

Samantha has been in TV production since her freshman year, and she joined because her cousins, who are alumni, took the class and encouraged her. Throughout the years, she has worked on many projects, but the most important one in her opinion is a recent video that has to do with the tragedy that happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida.

With her TV peers, she put together the project called #ItsTime. “With this project, we are giving very special messages about gun reform and why we need it,” she said.

Being in TV production has helped her gain leadership skills and taught her how to manage her time well in order to meet deadlines.

“TV production is important because it gives the students information on events going on in school, especially academically such as tests, FAFSA deadlines and meetings, etc” she said.

She is also the current WMHS president, and has been for the past 2 years. “I had an advantage when it came down to becoming president. I was the treasurer for the club the previous year,” she said.

 

 

Life outside of school

Samantha Jiron was born in Miami on January 9th, 2000. She is the youngest of 3 children, and her parents are from El Salvador. She attended Citrus Grove Elementary and Citrus Grove Middle School.

Her hobbies include playing softball and recording school events for WMHS. In her free time, she likes to watch Netflix, hang out with friends, and do homework.

Samantha plans on attending University of Central Florida and majoring in business or film. Her long-term goals are to become a producer or a certified public accountant.

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