Laurel student builds leadership skills

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

LAUREL, MS. (WDAM) - Cameron Roberts is a busy freshman at Laurel High School. Not only does he make top grades but he plays football on the school's ninth grade team.

Recently Roberts was accepted into the National Young Leaders State Conference in Birmingham. The four day event helps participants succeed in school and improve their communities.

"I want to be known, I want to be a well known person in the world. I just don't want to be a statistic just existing day by day and not known for anything. I want to do something great and be known for something great. I don't want people to say Cameron is just Cameron. I want people to say Cameron is a great, inspiring person," said Roberts.

Roberts plans to become a surgeon one day and he credits his mother, Verna, for encouraging him to do well in school.

According to Verna Roberts, "His grades are first so I don't accept anything less than the best so he knows what is expected of him and I don't hardy ever have to get on him because he's just a good kid, an all around good kid."

The ninth grader's talents haven't gone unnoticed by the Laurel community. High School Principal Carl Michael Day explained, "He had a special donor who wanted to remain anonymous step up and pay the remaining amount that he and his family had not raised to go to the conference. So it's nice to see people outside the school recognize both the students and the school and Cameron specifically for the character they represent."

Roberts returns from the leadership conference on Sunday.

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