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Full Name: Samantha Liu
City: Cupertino, CA
What sports do you play?
I swim and I run. I will do Track & Field when I get older.
Why do you enjoy swimming?
Because I like the water and it is a great way to meet people.
What’s the best advice you’ve received from a coach or role model?
I read somewhere that it's not about the end goal, it's about the progress you've made. I think that's really true.
What is your biggest sports-related goal?
My goal is to make it to the Olympics and NCAAs!
What's your best sports memory?
Making the far western final for the 50 and 100 yd breast last year.
Who is your favorite athlete?
Missy Franklin because she has a really good attitude and even though she doesn't always swim really well, she maintains a good attitude. She also takes education seriously.
What's your favorite subject in school?
PE because I like being active and it is easy. My favorite is Quidditch right now!
What age are you most excited to be?
I like being 11, but I'm excited to be 18 because that's when I go to college. I want to go to either Berkeley or Stanford and I want to swim in college.
What is your favorite thing to do as a family?
Go on vacations! We’ve been to a lot of places but my favorite is Hawaii. We’ve been four times to Maui and Oahu. We're going to the big island for spring break. I love snorkeling and playing in the pool with my 14 year old brother.
What is your most prized possession?
Far western medals (when I made finals).
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Veterinarian because I like animals. My favorite animals are dogs. We also have three lizards. We used to have five but they got eaten by the bigger one.
If you became President, what's the first thing you'd do?
Build more homeless shelters.
What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I used to be a ballerina and a gymnast. I stopped dancing because my teacher moved to Utah and I stopped gymnastics because I moved up levels and didn't love it.
When have you been proud of yourself?
When I gave money to my mom to give to a homeless person on the street.
What do you think it means to be a good person?
To be open minded about other people. It's not about what people look like on the outside, it is about who they are.