Jocelyn Scholarship: Leta Samsa

High school senior Leta Samsa has worked hard to find her way in school.
Leta Samsa

Photo by Paulius Musteikis

High school senior Leta Samsa has worked hard to find her way in school, says Marianne Matt, Samsa’s nominator and school counselor at Capital High. Samsa enrolled in the Early College STEM Academy at Madison College and earned a year of dual college and high school credit — one example of the young girl seeking out opportunities for herself, Matt says.

Matt uses an online aptitude test program to help students with career match-making, and Samsa’s results pointed toward careers including photography, photojournalism and other creative endeavors. “I’m a very creativity-driven person,” Samsa says. “I can’t really imagine myself doing a job that isn’t some form of art.”

Matt hopes this award might encourage Samsa to explore a future career aspiration. “Leta has been an exemplary student and classmate,” Matt says. “She is there for her friends and she is willing to help others. She has stayed on top of all her responsibilities, and providing her with an opportunity to flex her artistic skill would be amazing.”

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