Sami Nobuhara — 2019 High Schoolers Who Will Change The World


Sami Nobuhara
Maple Mountain High School
Parents Jana & Larry Nobuhara

Sami Nobuhara is a triple threat. She’s the student body president at Maple Mountain, ranked No. 1 academically, and is also a star on the soccer and basketball teams. But her life motto is surprisingly simple and comes from the advice her mother used to shout out the window after dropping her off at school: “Be nice to everyone!”

Mini-resume Student body president, HOPE squad presidency, soccer and basketball team member, Especially for Athletes leadership council, 4.0 GPA.

Plans after high school Become a nurse anesthetist and travel the world.

Advice for future self Make sure your priorities are in line with your goals.

Guilty pleasure I am addicted to Diet Coke and I go to the movies, like, twice a week.

Challenges I tore my MCL at the beginning of my junior soccer season. It was hard to sit out and watch my teammates from the sidelines. However, this event deepened my appreciation for the sport and helped me become friends with my athletic trainer.

Best high school memory Football games, hands down. We had the best student section and it was so much fun to cheer on the team.

Biggest pressure I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so pressure to be great at everything I do has definitely been both a blessing and a curse.

Others describe you I think people would agree I’m above-average funny.

Sami, how will you change the world? One small act at a time.

Greg Bennett

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