Cameron A Team Player With Goals

2013 DN-R Leadership Award Finalists: East Rockingham

Posted: May 22, 2013

East Rockingham High School senior Sarah Cameron says she didn’t even know what a physical therapist was until a knee injury meant she needed the services of one. Now, the accomplished high school athlete sees that as a future career. Her first step toward that goal after graduating ERHS this spring will come in the fall when she enrolls in West Virginia Wesleyan College, majoring in biology. (Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
HARRISONBURG — When East Rockingham High School senior Sarah Cameron tore ligaments in her knee last year, it ended her basketball season and set her on a long road to recovery.
But instead of spending time away from the gym, Cameron would still visit her teammates every day to cheer them on while they practiced, watching from the sidelines.
An avid athlete who is a captain on both the ERHS varsity basketball and tennis teams, Cameron admits it was “tough” being benched, but that showing up to support her teammates was important.
“Sarah exhibited extreme perseverance and courage,” ERHS Principal Eric Baylor wrote in a recommendation letter. “She learned that she can still be a team player without ever stepping on the courts.”
Her dedication, leadership and passion are just some of the reasons her teachers say Cameron, 17, is a worthy finalist for the $10,000 Daily News-Record Leadership Award for East Rockingham High School. She is one of four finalists at ERHS.
Cameron, daughter of Kim and Larry Cameron, has displayed tremendous leadership, her teachers say, helping guide the basketball and tennis teams to state titles. She is a four-time state champion, twice in tennis and twice in basketball.
Off the court, Cameron is known for challenging herself in the classroom and being involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including the Massanutten Marlins swim team, serving as vice president of the SCA and vice president of the SkillsUSA club.
Cameron’s 4.125 grade point average ranks her 6th out of 153 seniors. She is also a member of the National, Social Studies and Spanish honor societies.
“Sarah is one of the most reliable and self-motivated students I have ever had in class,” Amy Wouters, Cameron’s advanced placement literature and composition teacher, wrote in a recommendation letter. “When she works in [a] group, she plays an integral role in all parts of projects. Everyone in the classroom can rely on Sarah.”
Cameron has been involved in several charitable and volunteer efforts. She collected items for a classmate whose house burned down and organized a collection of items for the Elkton Senior Center.
She plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in the fall, majoring in biology in preparation for a career as a physical therapist, a goal that grew out of her experience recovering from her knee injury. 
“I never even knew what [physical therapy] was before I was injured,” she said. “It touched me how my physical therapist helped with my healing and I want to be a part of that in other people’s lives.”
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