Patient, Compassionate, Collaborative

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."


- Vincent Van Gogh



Samantha was born in the Philippines and moved to California when she was 5 years old. With an interest in computers since she was little, she took it upon herself to begin learning how to code in elementary school. Since then, Samantha has learned coding languages such as Java and C++.


In addition to pursuing her passion for tech and participating in the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, Samantha works as a student journalist and has been involved in Santa Clara High School's journalism course for the past four years. She is currently an editor and photographer for her school newspaper.


Additionally, she is an active volunteer at her church and has assisted in youth catechism classes since 2013, finding joy in helping children every Sunday. 


In her free time Samantha likes to play on her computer and hang out with friends.


FIRST Tech Challenge

Motivate Award,


Solar Energy Voltage Weather Comparison

Science Fair, Judges Blue Ribbon, 2016

 A comparison of solar energy intake between sunny and cloudy weather using solar panels and a multimeter.


The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (49ers SLI) provides multi-year, year-round academic support, STEM enrichment, skills training, and leadership opportunities to students in middle and high school. Students, who are with the program for six years from 7th through 12th grade, commit annually to 300+ hours of program learning time in addition to their typical school hours. By cultivating student mastery in STEM subjects and in key skill areas, the program prepares students for college and empowers them to pursue their passions; so that they may become the well-rounded leaders of the future. The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute is made possible by the strong partnership between Silicon Valley Education Foundation, 49ers Foundation, Chevron, and the Santa Clara Unified School District.

Special Thanks To...

49ers SLI students Danielle B, Stephanie K, & Jennifer L for designing and building this website.

49ers SLI students Iris C, Sriya S, & Lauren L for editing photos for this website

Photographers Thomas Hayes, Barry Fiedler, & Karen Lee Thompson for taking headshots of 49ers SLI seniors

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