Amanda Samuels, a seventeen-year-old from Connecticut, spends most of her time in theater and community service. Amanda has been involved with eleven Staples Players productions. She tackles the role of Senior Manager of Fundraising and Outreach, the crew that gets advertisements for the playbills from local businesses. Every February, Amanda travels to a country in South or Central America with Builders Beyond Borders, a nonprofit organization. As one of the six elected Student Ambassadors, she serves as a spokesman for the organization; she leads information sessions for prospective members and their families, and manages the Builders Beyond Borders’ social media accounts. Last year, Amanda was an “Amigo” for her team and engaged with new members to ensure that everybody was comfortable. Next year, she will be an Advisor, one of the three student leaders on her team. In addition to working with Builders Beyond Borders, Amanda is a prominent leader in her school. As President of the school government, Amanda has many responsibilities including meeting with the Principal weekly to discuss improvements for the school, organizing events, and leading school government meetings. Additionally, as a member of National Charity League, Amanda spends a lot of time volunteering for different organizations; she has completed at least thirty hours of service each year since the age of thirteen. She is also a member of National Honor Society, which is a group of intellectuals who engage in community service projects. Amanda was awarded the seal of biliteracy in both Italian and Spanish.