First-generation college student from Bakersfield gets gold at Arizona State University

Samantha Hill aspires to social work

TEMPE, Ariz. - A young woman from Bakersfield is making it big at Arizona State University.

Samantha Hill is representing her city on homecoming court. One of eight students selected through a rigorous process, Hill will learn if she will be come homecoming queen Saturday.

"Being on the homecoming court has been a wonderful experience and I truly treasure getting to represent something so much larger than myself," Hill said.

Homecoming court must be full-time students who attend all homecoming events, ending with the football game.

Hill was born in Templeton, Calif. and moved to Bakersfield when she was very young. Hill lived in Bakersfield until she began attending ASU to pursue social work.

Hill is a Community Assistant in the residence hall on the downtown Phoenix campus of the university.

Hill is a first-generation college student.

"I applied to ASU after hearing the stories from my high school math teacher, Mr. Gundry, an ASU alum," Hill said. She attended high school at Valley Oaks Charter High School.

"From maroon Mondays to gold Fridays to the stickers on my car to the wallpapers on my laptop and phone to the lanyard on my keys I’m proud to be a Sun Devil," Hill said.

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