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Proudly From Sparta - Layla Salmandi

Posted Sun, Apr 15th, 2012 The Sparta Independent By Jennifer Passerini

A LOVE OF SCIENCE.
With a father who works as an engineer, I always had my family's encouragement but it was my high school chemistry teacher, Mrs. Trzcinski, who inspired my love of science and a passion for discovery. For four years, I was the only girl on the Science Olympiad team and as a senior I was team captain. Winning two medals at the 2012 state tournament was amazing. I also was proud to receive the 2012 Biology Award from the New Jersey Science League and Sparta's Distinguished Student Award.

AROUND THE WORLD.
I was born in Australia and lived in Japan and Arizona before moving to Sparta. I remember spending a summer in Iran visiting relatives when I was seven. I didn't know the language and felt very isolated, but I'm proud to be learning Farsi now as well as French. I'll be attending the University of Richmond this fall on an academic scholarship and plan to major in Chemistry and International Studies. My goal is to become a doctor and one day join Doctors Without Borders to help break down the barriers between difference cultures.

A LEADER IN THE MAKING.
Sparta offers so many opportunities to get involved and develop leadership skills! In addition to being captain of the Science Olympiad team, I also got to serve as captain of Sparta's swim team and the Academic Bowl team. Whether sharing my love of science or helping younger swimmers improve, I've found it personally satisfying to watch others grow and share in their successes. Above all, my peers and I had the support and encouragement in Sparta to keep improving and challenging ourselves.

My name is Layla Salmandi and I am proudly from Sparta.

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