Project Fifty: Samantha

Samantha Elliott.  Stellar then, stellar now.  Sam is one of my classmates whom I’ve known since grade school.  She was always a top-notch student; her name was called at each and every awards ceremony.  She was a musician in our school bands, and she was in every honors class.  I imagine she was a teacher’s dream.  A girl who paid attention, was involved, had delightful manners, and carried herself in such a ladylike way.  When I look at her photos from this shoot, I see a strong, confident and proud lady.  Sam walked into our photo shoot,  and I was struck by the contrast of her bright red scarf against her all-black outfit.  And, if you look closely, her brooch is a brass elephant: Sam is a proud, lifelong member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.  I can see how closely she wears that to her heart.  Happy 50th Birthday, Sam!  What a lovely, beautiful lady you still are!

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What did you do within a year of graduating HCHS in 1984?  

I attended Gordon Junior College in Barnesvile, GA

Describe your life since graduating high school.  What are you doing now?  

After graduating from Gordon,  I completed my studies at Fort Valley State College and University earning my BS degree and later earning my MBA from Mercer University.  I currently work for a utility company  where I am a debt manager.

What activity brings you great joy?  

I enjoy spending time with my husband and children.  I like working with my children’s extra curricular activities that involve sports and scouting activities that keep me busy. In my spare time I like to read, attend plays, shop, trying new restaurants, traveling, and hiking.

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Portraits by Ann Bertschin Photography

Do you still see any of your friends from high school?  Explain.

Yes, I usually spend time with  Andrella, Lori and LaSaundra until we lost her this past summer (2015).   Marcene Haynes and I still try to get together. I do see other classmates from time to time.

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Andrella, Samantha, & Lori.

How do you feel about turning 50?  What does “50” mean to you?

I’m excited.  I haven’t really thought about what it means to me.

What do you do to maintain your looks? (hair, makeup, skin care, exercise, etc.)

I need to exercise more, I have put on more pounds than I need to the past couple of months. UGH!! I take vitamins to help maintain my looks.

Knowing what you now know, what advice would you give your 18-year old self?   

Enjoy it.. tempus fugit

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This photo deserves an explanation, because it was a spoof. Sam was one of our graduating class’ “Outstanding Seniors.” When photos were taken of this group for our yearbook, we did the shoot in our brand-new gymnasium locker rooms. It was a series of silly photos, in and around new showers, stalls, dressing areas, etc. Sam decided to try out the new hand dryers for her photo.

What guilty pleasures do you allow yourself?

Chocolate

What does the next decade hold for you?  What are your dreams and wishes for this decade? Getting more active with my church, cooking classes, swimming, and traveling .

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