Sam Henderson is an autistic senior at Mountain View High School who is an honorary member of the MV football team.
According to students, Sam is a smart and kind kid everyone should get to know, and he knows anything on everything.
“If you have a question about something Sam loves, he can give you statistics, opinions and reviews.” said Daniel Hess, his past seminary teacher.
Sam’s mind works in a very unique way when it comes to gathering knowledge. Nathan Criman, Sam’s past movie lit teacher, describes Sam’s mind as being “a file cabinet full of trivia.”
Criman continued, “Wherever Sam is, he is going to help raise the bar. You just wanna be good around Sam.”
Sam seems to give motivation to everyone who will care enough to listen and apply it.
“You can’t help but be inspired by Sam,” Hess said.
Sam’s abilities for working with people and inspiring them along the way has helped Mountain View’s football team.
Robbie Millard, the school’s student body president and MVHS’s No. 18 on the football team, said, “I think [Sam joining the team] has given us more motivation and something to work for. He has always wanted to play but has never had the opportunity, so he kinda gets to play vicariously through us, which makes it more of a motivating factor.”
Millard continued, “Just to see his desire to play definitely helps us get pumped up and play better.”
This year the Bruin football team has won 2, compared to last year’s total win count of 0.
Sam’s best friend, Noah Jensen, talks about him saying, “I’ve known Sam since I was 4 years old [and] he’s been my best friend ever since then. He’s helped me stay happy and positive when life gets tough, and as I help Sam, it helps me stay happy because he will always make my day better. I can honestly say Sam has been one of my closest and dearest friends.”
Sam overall seems to have helped the team to grow closer together and perform together better.
“Sam is an incredible example of not only perseverance, but progress,” Hess said. “If Sam can do it, you can do it.”