Sami Hall is one of the Blue Springs High School class of 2008 top one percent.

Scholastic honors: Member of the National Honor Society; 4.3 GPA; named to the principal’s honor roll throughout high school; National Merit Commended Scholar; NFL national qualifier; 2007 Blue Springs High School Orator of the Year; named to the United States Achievement Academy and was the 2006 Blue Springs High School Novice Speaker of the Year.

High school and community activities: Involved with debate and the sophomore mentoring program; member of the French Club, Scholar Bowl, the Symphonic Orchestra, Recycling Club, Chamber Orchestra, Young Democrats and is a Japanese School Graduate.

1 To what do you attribute your academic success?

I have always worked hard. I never do something halfway. If I commit myself to something, I always finish it.

2 Who was the biggest influence on your studies?

My grandmother in Japan. She never had the educational opportunities I have had.

3 What college do you plan to attend and why?

I plan on attending the University of Missouri-Columbia Honors College. It offers a wonderful Japanese program, which is my intended major.

4 What do you see yourself doing in 10 years from now?

Working as a lawyer, moving toward my goal of being a judge. Hopefully, settled down and stable.

5 What will you remember most about your high school years?

Probably the crazy memories I made.