Harrisburg Academy senior Cameron Clark excels not only year round in the pool and on the field, but also in the classroom and in the community.
Clark, the son of Keith and Linda Clark, holds a 3.48 GPA, is a National Merit Scholarship commendation recipient and a multi-sport athlete.
If that were not enough, Clark also recently received the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, something he considers his greatest accomplishment.
“My Eagle Scout is probably my biggest accomplishment,” Clark said. “I’ve put a lot of work into it ... so, having it completed feels great. I know how much work I put into it with the big project and the years of experience in the program.”
For his Eagle Scout project, Clark gave back to his school.
“I built a trail in the environmental science area that loops around to the main area and put in trail markers along it,” he said.
Clark competed on the Harrisburg Academy boys soccer team throughout high school, earning the designation as MVP his junior year and as a captain his senior year.
He also holds the school record in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle in swimming. Clark served as captain of the Harrisburg Academy swim team in 10th through 12th grades and competed at districts in 11th grade.
Despite his accomplishments in swimming, Clark said he prefers playing for a team.
“I would rather be out there working with the team to complete the goal than swimming back and forth for myself,” Clark said.
Clark also competed on the Harrisburg Academy lacrosse team in middle school and the Trinity High School lacrosse team during his freshman through junior years.
He now helps coach the Harrisburg Academy middle school lacrosse team.
“It’s really nice to teach (the kids) something and show them my experiences in lacrosse,” he said. “... When I was in middle school, I saw the game a lot differently than I do now.”
Clark has taken that desire to teach and incorporated it into his time in Boy Scouts by helping teach classes in swimming during summer camp.
“My favorite part of working at camp was teaching the lifesaving merit badge,” Clark said. “... It was skills that meant something to me. Being a lifeguard, I actually used these skills and I understood how important they were in a survival situation and they could help someone’s life.
“I was teaching other people skills that could actually help save another person’s life,” he said. “That’s what I loved about teaching that merit badge.”
Clark said his parents have been a big influence on him and have helped him get to where he is now.
He said he has taken bits of what he has seen from both his mother and father to shape his personality.
“My dad’s a really serious guy,” Clark said. “He likes to work in order. He’s a very orderly person. My mom’s not so orderly. She’s a bit more chaotic. I’ve gotten both of their traits where I will panic where I need to but up until that point I’m really calm.”
Clark has been accepted to the University of California at San Diego and the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He is hoping to study mechanical engineering and is awaiting decisions from a few other colleges before deciding where to go next year.