Sam Koon, PHHS '16 and Penn State University '21

Senior Spotlight, August 21

I am currently in my fifth year at Penn State University, University Park completing my Master’s in Education Theory and Policy. I am involved in the Women’s Club Water Polo, Education Student Council, Camp Kesem (a camp for children whose parents are affected by cancer), and THON. I am incredibly grateful for Penn State because of the superior academics and how it has led me on the path to philanthropy. I have dedicated much of my college career to THON, which is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Since 1977, we have raised over $180 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital. We are working year-round to provide emotional and financial support for our families, to ensure that they never see a bill for their treatment. This year, I am honored to serve as the Public Relations Director for THON, meaning that I lead a team of 26 captains in spreading awareness of our mission across the country through social media, press, etc. After graduation, I intend to teach high school English in an underserved area to help those who do not have the support they deserve past secondary education. More long term, I would like to use my Master’s degree to do education reform and take what I learned in my studies and the classroom to create positive change. I feel that I have been fortunate, so I want to spend my life giving back to others in my career and volunteer work.

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