Samantha Hanlon, a senior in the Law & Public Safety program, has been selected as Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s (SCVTHS) Student of the Month for October 2023. Samantha is the daughter of Thomas and Suzanne Hanlon of South Bound Brook.
SCVTHS Law and Public Safety Instructor Louis Violante nominated Samantha for the Student of the Month award, stating: "Samantha embodies the qualities, spirit, and character of a leader. She completed the 9/11 stair challenge by climbing 110 floors for the second year in a row (in uniform) to honor the victims of 9/11 and first responders. After climbing 110 floors, she played a soccer game for SCVTHS. Her actions are a testament to the dedication and passion she has for the Law and Public Safety program, school, and community."
English Instructor Rachel Miller added: "Sam is always diligent with her schoolwork, and as a student, she is very polite and respectful in both the classroom and at soccer practice. I don't coach the girls' team, but she always makes long practice days better!"
At SCVTHS, Samantha is a member of the varsity girls’ soccer and softball teams and serves as a student ambassador, a yearbook club member and acts as the girls’ basketball team manager. Additionally, Samantha is part of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, and earned a Stellar Student award and the Softball Coaches award.
Outside of school, Samantha takes part in the Franklin Police Department’s Cadet program, works at Panther Lake Camping Resort, and enjoys hanging out with friends and family, camping and going to the gym. She is also the founder of Operation Code Red, an organization that donates feminine products to those that need them most.
After high school, Samantha plans to study exercise science and sports management, become a police officer and enter into the athletic training field.