Samantha Green – New York Nomination and Photography by Dan Duren Photography LLC Issue 43 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination:Samantha Green is an amazingly talented teen, outstanding academically, athletically in beach volleyball, and a quiet leader amongst her teammates. Sam is respected and loved by her coaches and her teammates on and off the court. Love seeing her cheer for and encourage the younger athletes in her sport. Throughout the lockdowns of 2020, she continued to work hard, practice at home, and came out smiling at the first big tournament in Florida at the end of the year. Sam is an amazing Senior, well deserving of recognition.
Tell us about your beach volleyball career. I discovered my passion for beach volleyball through my mom, who had played college volleyball and still currently plays beach volleyball. After dragging me to the beach for most of my childhood, my mom eventually convinced me to play and not long after I fell in love with the game. Beach volleyball, unlike indoor, isn’t only about which team is the most physical or the most skilled. I found my love for the doubles beach game in that it is so intellectual, relying so heavily on strategy and decision making. When playing beach volleyball, nothing is certain, whether it’s the weather conditions, the different depths of sand, or the varying matchups, each game and practice offers something new and exciting to work on. Being a competitive beach volleyball player in New York, finding opportunities to compete year-round has been challenging. However, I refuse to allow my geographic location, and cold winter weather, to stop me from pursuing my passion for beach volleyball. I train with the most competitive team in the Northeast region, out of New Jersey, and dedicate three days a week to the two-hour long commute through New York City to practices. With this team, I can practice year-round in an indoor facility, and train with the best players in my region. In persisting through the challenges I faced in my pursuit of my passion for year-round beach volleyball, I have battled my way to becoming a Division One Beach Volleyball recruit and look forward to playing collegiate volleyball next fall. Beach volleyball has taught me how to be a positive and encouraging teammate, a leader, and most importantly a better person. I have learned how to be resilient, adaptable, and intellectual, all of which are crucial skills I apply to my everyday life.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? While pursuing beach volleyball, and being a leader in that regard, I have also managed to excel academically. Finishing 3rd in my high school class of 318, I have taken high rigor AP and honors courses throughout my high school career, all while managing the grueling schedule of sports. I am also a selected leader in my high school and community and participate in many volunteer groups in which I mentor the younger students in my high school district. Academically, I am a peer tutor for struggling students in my high school district. Through this leadership role, I can help others succeed in their courses, while instilling in them the confidence they need to better understand challenging topics. Athletically, I serve as an Athletes Helping Athletes peer mentor, in which I am a role model for younger students in the district. Through this role I teach elementary aged students the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and good decision-making, while offering them a positive example to look up to in their own school district. Through these leadership roles, I hope to leave behind a legacy of resilience and positivity. Always striving to be the best version of myself, I have instilled these values in all the children and peers I have mentored and hope that they can embody these characteristics in their own lives.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why? I would present on the importance of the intangibles. No matter what you are doing, being good at that specific task, whether it's a sport, activity, club, or school subject, is only half of the battle. It is your attitude, determination, work ethic, and all the "intangibles" that rise you above being good to instead become great at what you do :)
Look for Samantha in issue 43 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!