Meet Samantha Merrill
"Randolph Union High School was the runway that allowed me take off into the flight which has become my life. I mean this both literally and metaphorically. It exposed me to, and increased my interest in, other cultures. Starting in seventh grade, I was introduced to the Shizukuishi Exchange program through the Junior High School. I was selected to travel to Japan when I was in eighth grade, and we spent 10 days traveling throughout the country and living with host families. In turn, I have hosted Japanese students and teachers numerous times.
"During my junior year, my family hosted a student from Norway through the Rotary Exchange Program, and a year later, another student from Thailand. I also became such good friends with a German exchange student who was spending a year at our school that I traveled to Germany for a few weeks the following summer to visit her.
"During my senior year I attended the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), a program of study at Vermont Technical College that allows local seniors to take their freshman year of college in their senior year. It was during my year at VAST that I took a course called “European Seminar” that enabled me to travel to Italy. At the same time, I maintained my connection with RUHS, completing my senior project and participating on the Lacrosse team. Because of that “dual citizenship” in both schools, I was able to earn two high school diplomas, one from VAST, and the other from RUHS.