By Mia Miller | Staff Writer
Samuel Son, a senior at Buford High School, has proven himself to be both academically and artistically inclined.
Samuel is a member of the chorus and the musical theater programs at BHS. Through these activities, he has earned the opportunities to perform with the GMEA Honor Chorus and All-State Chorus both his junior and senior years. Samuel has also achieved a weighted 4.5 GPA, received certificates of academic excellence and was named Most Intellectual for his senior class superlatives.
In regard to his love for music, Samuel likes to thank his chorus teacher, Taylor Greer.
“Mr. Greer has probably made the largest impact on my life in Buford,” Samuel says. “Since I first joined his chorus class in freshman year, I was immediately enchanted by the subject, and he gave me all the resources to grow as a musician. His enthusiasm for the subject, as well as his easygoing approach to teaching, has changed my entire perspective on singing.”
Samuel also participates in Mu Alpha Theta, Debate Club, Chess Club, Thespians and GSA, a club raising awareness for the LGBTQIA+ community. Outside of school, he can be found playing chess, singing, crocheting and drawing. Samuel also volunteers with his church and assists in the creation of skits and slides for special holidays and occasions.
As a student at BHS, Samuel has come to learn, “Effort is the great equalizer: with enough of it, you can easily shred through any lead that talent has over you.”
Samuel is the son of Yoon Kyung An and Jung Hoon Son. His brother, Taeson Son, is a freshman at Buford. Samuel and his family lived in Hong Kong, Seoul and California before settling down in Buford his ninth grade year.
When asked about advice he’d like to share with underclassmen, such as his younger brother, Samuel advises to simply stay content in stressful situations.
“The smartest thing you can do at any given moment is to be happy, to be satisfied,” he says. “Stop worrying about screwing up in high school, you will have so many chances to recover that you’ll look back and wonder why you were ever stressed about it.”
Samuel says he is undecided about his plans after high school. However, with his musical and academic talents, he will be successful in whatever path he takes after graduation.