2015 Young Woman of the Year

Samantha A. Malanga

Our Young Woman of the Year founded and currently serves as President of her high school’s “Warriors for Life” group.  She plans and takes part in many pro-life activities including supporting local crisis pregnancy centers, 40 Days for Life campaigns, and organizes events like Pro-life Boot Camp to train large numbers of youth to be pro-life activists. She also volunteers at the local homeless shelter for women and children, volunteers as an intern at the local Student for Life of America headquarters and volunteered for Diocesan Work Camp for four years to provide home repairs for those in need.


Samantha Malanga has a 4.3 GPA and has been named Valedictorian of her graduating class. She is currently taking eight college preparatory classes, four of which are AP classes and has been inducted into the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society.  She also serves as President in both honor societies.


In addition, she is also active in the following areas:


• President of the Student Government Association.

• Member of the Yearbook and Prom committees

• Volunteers at the local food pantries, homeless shelters for women and children

• Participates in the annual March for Life in Washington, DC

• Member of the parish Youth Group and Board Member of the Youth Group Council for 2 years

• Participates on volleyball, soccer, and cheerleading teams

• Has served as Captain or Co-Captain on all three teams in her high school career

• Participates in school leadership activities in Student Government Association, National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society


Samantha Malanga accepts her award as the 2015 Young Woman of the Year from State Deputy Steve Burnley

Our Young Woman has been recognized in these areas;


• Freshman year awarded varsity letter and three varsity pins

• Sophomore year awarded first honors, soccer and cheerleading, three more varsity pins and award for best base in cheerleading

• Named Valedictorian of her Senior Class

• Accepted in the Thaddeus Stevens Fellowship for Students of Life of America

• Won first place in National Right to Life essay contest

• Accepted in four colleges to date with over $52,000 in scholarships

• Offered an internship at the Students for Life of America


Samantha A. Malanga's nomination for this award was submitted by Battlefield Council 10246 in Fredericksburg.


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