Samantha Miranda Silva – 2022 Mid-Columbia Region Rising Star
My plans after high school are to attend Washington State University. During my years at Pullman, I will get my bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I want to be a teacher, specifically a third-grade teacher, but I will be happy with whichever grade I get to teach! So far, I’m headed in the right direction, since I’m working on getting my AA through Columbia Basin College and I also have some experience in a teaching environment.
Going to a STEM high school – it really made me realize how much more STEM is than just science, technology, engineering and math. It focuses on hands-on learning, the real-world problems and issues, and it just overall gives me a sense of creativity to think outside of the box. It helps me develop these skills that we will need and use outside of high school and in the real world.
A piece of advice I would give my 5-year-old self is to continue being happy for what I am passionate about, even if others find it different. When I was younger, I was always scared to truly be myself because I felt that others would judge me. Now that I have grown up, I’ve come to the realization that you should do what makes you happy, even if you see others are judging.
To learn a little more about this year’s Rising Stars, we asked our awardees some fun questions. Check out the video below to hear Samantha’s responses.
Nominated by her Principal and Assistant Principal
“We are proud to nominate Delta High School Junior, Samantha Miranda Silva, for the Mid-Columbia Region Rising Star Award. Samantha attends Delta’s STEM focused program located in Pasco, WA. We recently had a gap in student leadership in which Samantha graciously stepped in and became acting Publicity Coordinator for our school. Samantha is now an integral part of the Delta Senate team and creates and publishes our weekly Senate videos that are viewed by the entire Delta community.
“Samantha stepped into this role with her creative wheels turning. She has created something that celebrates our school community while also keeping staff & students up to date with current school events and happenings. Samantha’s talent for graphic design and video production shines through with every weekly video she creates,” stated Mike Johnson, Delta High School Principal.
Along with her role as Publicity Coordinator for Delta High School, Samantha is heavily involved in both Delta’s Student Ambassador Program and Key Club, an organization that focuses on service throughout our local community. Most recently, she’s used her talents to create advertisement flyers for our school’s annual Red Cross Blood Drive and Ambassador service project benefiting our area animal shelter.
Samantha excels academically in all subject areas. We have no doubt with Samantha’s drive, perseverance, and talents, that she will go far in life and be able to accomplish anything she sets her mind to.” -Mike Johnson and Tania Guaman, Principal and Assistant Principal of Delta High School
The Washington STEM Rising Star Awards, presented by Kaiser Permanente, encourage girls to embrace STEM education and to explore the use of STEM in ways that will support their education, career, and personal development and the development and needs of others.
Meet all of the 2022 Washington STEM Rising Stars on our website!