Sam Loves to Learn, Travel and Lead

Sam loves learning and immersing himself in different cultures, countries, and being around different people.

You were recently elected as Southwest District Key Club Lieutenant Governor of the North Mountain Division. What does that mean?

I will be an elected leader of over 2,500 Key Club members in the district, which includes all clubs in Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas, and southern Nevada. I will be responsible for supporting and growing the clubs within my division and serving as a liaison between the district and the clubs. Additionally, my duties will include publication of a monthly divisional newsletter, club officer training and support, holding divisional meetings, and serving on one or more district committees.I will be responsible for leading the North Mountain Division Key Club chapters at PCDS and other schools, including Central, St. Mary’s, North HS, Sunnyslope, Arcadia HS, Brophy Prep, and Xavier Prep.

What other clubs are you a part of?

I am a part of PCDS student government (sophomore class president and 2015/16 junior class president), Kiwanis Key Club, and Boy Scouts of America.

Tell us about the service and cultural trip to Northern India with PCDS

During spring break, I traveled to India for two weeks with eleven other PCDS high school students and three chaperones. We flew into New Delhi, the capital of India, and visited the cities of Agra, Jaipur, and Galthani. We spent many days sightseeing, which included seeing the Taj Mahal, street life in Delhi, the Amber Fort in Jaipur, a Jain temple, and a myriad of wild monkeys and peacocks. Additionally, we spent five days in the village of Galthani where we stayed with homestay families. Staying with a homestay family was life-­changing, and allowed me to experience Indian culture, food, language, and traditions first­-hand. I also was able to see what that part of the world lives like: in small concrete homes with two or three rooms and no air conditioning. While in Galthani, our group built a small brick home for a local family as our service project. A highlight of the trip was visiting the Carmel Convent School, a school started by a PCDS alumnus and deeply connected with the PCDS community. Carmel Covent School was established for the purpose of giving educations to children who live in the slums of India. My trip to India was one of the best experiences of my life as I was able to learn about Indian history and culture, have fun, and serve those less fortunate in India.

What else do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy hanging out with my friends, rock climbing, and spending time with my golden retriever.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I honestly have no idea what I want to do when I grow up; however, I can see myself going into an international business career in the future.

Sam is a sophomore at Phoenix Country Day School.

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