Student Changemaker Honored

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Congratulations to Carle Place Middle/High School student Samantha Wagner, who was recently recognized for her community service efforts at the annual Nassau County Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) ceremony. This award is presented to students in Nassau County who are civically responsible and promote tolerance. 

Samantha is described by her teachers and peers as kind, dedicated, driven, passionate, humble and versatile. She is active in various after-school activities such as Key Club, varsity volleyball, varsity bowling and varsity track, but she has truly made her mark in student government as the junior class secretary and as the Key Club public relations representative. Samantha has held leadership positions within the Key Club since 2017 and has volunteered at the local Boys and Girls Club as well as the INN soup kitchen. 

Additionally, Samantha has exercised technological creativity through Key Club by making detailed informational videos for various organizations. These videos were used an educational tool for the entire high school to promote fundraising and service learning for organizations such as the Amputee Coalition, Hagedorn Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center, Smile Train and NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Breast Health Center. She was a key coordinator for Carle Place High School’s Battling for a Cause event in February, which raised $23,000 for the Long Island Tourette Association. 

Samantha is wise beyond her years, understands the importance of giving back to her community and is truly deserving of this honor.