Rebecca Martin Stamm, PHS Class of 2001, grew up on a farm southeast of Plymouth. She learned the idea of hard work at a young age through her parents Steve and Muriel. Learning the idea of hard work helped her gain the recognition of being named Valedictorian of her senior class in 2001.
Along with her academic success at Plymouth High School, Rebecca also had many successes in athletics. She participated in both cross country and track and field for the Pilgrims.
During Rebecca’s time running for the Pilgrims, she was part of five sectional championships in cross country and track. She was also named PHS Scholar Athlete of the Month for September, 2000. In addition to that, she was named the Most Improved Track Member her junior year, and won the Coach’s Award in 2000 and 2001.
Rebecca also participated in two Indiana State Track Finals during her junior and senior years running for the Pilgrims. In 2000, she and her teammates participated in the 3200 meter relay. They finished 6th overall in the race. During her senior year in 2001, Rebecca and her teammates bettered their placing and finished in fourth place in the 3200 meter relay race.
When asked how she was able to achieve success in the classroom and in athletics at PHS, Rebecca replied, “staying organized, staying on top of the work, and working really hard.”
After graduating from PHS, Rebecca traveled downstate to Terre Haute and attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. There she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Later she earned her Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.
Rebecca is now married to her husband, Sid, and they live in Terre Haute. She currently works as a Researcher at the non-profit Healthy Building Network. There Rebecca works to improve human and environmental health through the reduction of hazardous chemical use in building products.
The PHS Athletic Department wishes Rebecca continued success in her life. We also want to thank her for contributing information for this article.