STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Getting involved key to Hall’s success

Dec. 17, 2012 @ 03:04 PM

Cameron Hall’s just about everywhere at Hillside High School.
The day the school joins a movement against texting while driving, the 17-year-old senior is out in front of the school talking to politicians and media.
He helps lead the march from Hillside to the site where fellow student Kaaylon Pamplin was shot to death.
He’s president of the school’s student government. Captain of the debate team.
“He’s always working,” said Austin Hogan, a Hillside guidance counselor. “His dedication and commitment are amazing. He’s at school before most teachers and there after they leave. He’s never playing around. He just moves, non-stop.”
Hall said that it’s important to take an active role in high school rather than just going through the motions.
“I’ve found that you enjoy high school more if you’re actually participating in the decision-making instead of just staying for a few hours and going home and studying or whatever,” he said.
His hard work is paying off with acceptance to at least three colleges so far: Wingate, Winston-Salem and Virginia State. At the moment, he said, he’s leaning toward Virginia State. He wants to study psychology.
His advice for younger students: “Stick with school. Those who stay in school tend to have enjoyable lives and be more successful. Stay focused.”
Hogan expects great things from Hall in the future.
“He’s very humble, but he can absolutely be anything he wants to be,” Hogan said. “I’m sure he’ll do things we can all be proud of.”
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About Cameron
Age: 17
Favorite Subject: U.S. History and African-American Studies
Favorite Book: “Radio Free Dixie” by Timothy B. Dixon
Favorite Movie: “The Murder of Fred Hampton” or “American Gangster”
Favorite Music: Hip-hop. Favorite artist is Curren$y
Favorite Historical Figure: Fred Hampton, a leader of the Black Panthers
Favorite Website:
Favorite Food: Spaghetti