Sam Konstanty: Aiming High and Making “Goals”

Sam Konstanty

Sam Konstanty

By Lauren Benoit –

Sam Konstanty’s recent graduation from Elkins High School as their valedictorian is only one of his numerous accomplishments and honors. This young man is also a member of the Academic Decathlon team, chess club, computer science club, National Honor Society, student council and soccer team. His most recent award is from the Touchdown Club of Houston as their Outstanding Spring Male Scholar Athlete. Sam’s self-motivation has made him unstoppable both on the soccer field and in the classroom.

In the classroom, Sam is a hard-working student. He takes Advanced Placement courses and is one year ahead of his peers in math classes because he took Algebra I as a seventh grader. “I’ve always liked math because it came easy to me as a child,” said Sam. “I would like to use math to help people in the future, and my math classes have given me the knowledge to utilize math in real-world applications.”

One of the more challenging things that Sam participated in was the Academic Decathlon competition. Academic Decathlon teams consist of nine team members that are each tested on 10 different subjects over one general topic. Individually, Sam received a perfect score on his interview at the state competition in El Paso and was ranked 14th out of 360 people in the state. At regionals, Sam was individually ranked fifth at the competition.  The team won second overall at the District competition, and Sam received personal high scores in math and interview at the district level.

To further challenge himself, Sam took computer science classes and joined the computer science club. “I enjoy being able to make things happen out of translating numbers to letters,” said Sam. “Talking to a computer is fascinating to me, and it awesome to see how far we have come in computer science.” In addition to the computer science club, Sam was also an active member of the National Honor Society serving as the Vice President. As a hobby, Sam enjoys playing chess. “I have learned a lot of life skills by playing chess,” said Sam. “Every time you make a move, it opens up choices in the game, just like in your life.”

At the age of four, Sam decided to try the sport of soccer. He played for local leagues and joined the Eclipse organization when he was nine. A few summers ago, Sam and his Eclipse team traveled to Spain to compete in a tournament. There were 54 teams in their age group. The team made it to the finals and beat the Spanish team 1-0. “The tournament felt like the Olympics,” said Sam. “It was an unreal experience that I will never forget, and I can’t believe that we won.”

Sam played on the soccer team at Elkins all four years of high school. He served as Captain of the team and was named first team all-district during his junior and senior year. Sam’s successful youth soccer career culminated with his win of the Touchdown Club of Houston’s Outstanding Spring Male Scholar Athlete Award. He was also chosen as the winner of the boy’s soccer category. Before the organization announced the winner of the awards, the nominee’s resumés were read aloud. Sam was extremely impressed with his competition’s accomplishments and future aspirations. Therefore, when he was announced as the winner, he felt extremely humbled and honored.

This fall, Sam will be attending the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) on an academic scholarship and will be majoring in Bio-Medical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. Eventually, Sam would like to conduct research and construct artificial organs. Sam has also been invited to play on UTD’s soccer team as a freshman. Sam has a bright future ahead of him. He will continue to make “goals” both in the classroom and on the field. Sam’s multiple talents will take him far in life, and we can’t wait to see how he will change the world.