Samantha Mendez is a seventeen year old sophomore at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey where she is enrolled in the Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism School. She enjoys photography, writing and cooking. Samantha is part of the Bergen County NAACP ACT-SO program where she earned a Bronze Medal in photography last year. She aspires to continue with photography during college because she likes for people to see stories in her pictures. She hopes to eventually be the owner of her own toy store.