by ARIEL HARSINAY
When I think of one person who does the most for Oceanside High School, the first person I think of is Samantha Girschick. You might know Sam from the morning announcements, from her nickname “POTUS”, from her signature golden minivan, or from the plethora of activities that she dedicates her time to. Sam has been the GO president at OHS for two years and was the first junior to ever be appointed to this position. As president, Sam runs GO meetings and dedicates her time to organizing various community events, including the Turkey Shoot and Relay for Life. In addition to this, Sam has also been the dance captain for Battle every year, choreographing the dance and teaching it to other participants in our grade.
Aspiring to study medicine in college and go on to be a physician, Sam noticed that there was a void at OHS for students like herself that shared her interest. In realizing this, Sam started the Future Physicians club here at Oceanside High School. Over 67 students have joined the club, and its meetings are always well attended as guest speakers are invited to share their medical experiences. Speakers include doctors, nurses, interns, and students in medical school who are able to share their personal accounts of studying medicine with the club members. Sam has further expressed her interest in medicine by shadowing a cardiovascular doctor and volunteering in the emergency room at Mercy Hospital.
If it isn’t already clear, Sam is definitely ambitious and cares about her community. Beside her talents and extracurricular activities, Sam is also one of the most genuine people I know. She is always there for her friends, whether that means helping them go over biology notes or being there to cheer them up and make them laugh. I have never seen her without a smile on her face. For this reason, it is easy to see why she was voted by her peers both as a Natural Helper and as the Homecoming Princess. Sam has also shown the ability to be a great friend by being there for her Best Buddy, Tommy, since freshman year. She spends time with Tommy outside of school, whether that means going roller skating together, grabbing lunch, or singing and drawing together. Samantha’s active participation in our community and tireless efforts to help OHS have not gone unrecognized, as she was recently awarded the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Student of the Year award.
While Sam hasn’t committed to a college yet, I have no doubt in my mind that wherever she goes she will be successful and continue to be an active participant in her community. I am grateful to have been able to be friends with Sam while here at Oceanside, and I am excited to see all of her impressive achievements as she goes on to the next chapter in her life.