#13 – Cameron Hurst

Parents’ Names: Joy & John Hurst
College Attending: St. Bonaventure University
Major/Career Plans: Journalism & Mass Communications

Honors/Awards: Business Barbara Quackenbush Scholarship, Independent Health Community All-Star Award,  National Honor Society Award, Roskamp Scholarship, First/Independent Health Community  All-Star, JCC Part-Time Dean’s List, 2015 AP Scholar,  JHS Student of the Year (2014), Far West Council of School Superintendents Scholarship, Walt Roode Memorial Award, Donald B. Bube Memorial Scholarship,  #PrepTalklive Award for coverage of JHS Basketball by The Buffalo News, David Hedburg Cup for Creativity  (English  11 AP), NYSSMA Conference  All-State Mixed Choir, NYSSMA Zone 1 Area All-State Mixed Choir Member  and Soloist, CCMTA  All-County  Senior High Choir Member  and Soloist

Activities: Creator and Author of The Rowdy Raider Sports Blog, Part-Time Sports Writer at The Post-Journal, Student  Government (Co-Vice  President  of the Class of 2016), National Honor Society (Co-Vice  President  of Service Hours), JHS A Cappella Choir (President),  JHS Musical (Treasurer), JPS Promise  Fund Advisory  Board (Co-Secretary/Treasurer), JPS Communications Strategic Planning  Committee,  JPS Technology  Strategic  Planning Committee,  JHS JV Boys’ Basketball Announcer, Jamestown Babe Ruth League Historian and PA Announcer.

Why do you think JHS is special? Jamestown High School is rich with pride and tradition. Whether it is the way we involve a community through  Battle of the Classes, assist one of our own with Penny Wars, process and recess First Lutheran  Church for an annual Vespers service, or graduate our students in a beautiful and fitting manner,  our staff and students  know the importance of what has come before them and embrace  it. These everlasting customs  give students, not only a place to call their own, but a place of acceptance that each JHS student, “rowdy” or not, can call their own.

What was your favorite class and/or teacher and why? Though I have thoroughly  enjoyed just about every class I’ve taken, I would be amiss if I did not acknowledge the four incredible English teachers I was fortunate to have through the advanced English track the department provides.  Barbi Price, Julie Morano, Norma DeJoy, and Kristine Stronz in their own unique individual ways taught me how to appreciate literature  with a discerning eye and inspired  me to write with voice and passion.  It has been thanks to their guidance that I learned that writing truly is a passion of mine and that, regardless  of objectivity or creativity, it is something  I want to pursue as a career in the communication field.

How do you think JHS prepared you for life after graduation? Though it is more than obvious  that Jamestown  High School is able to prepare their students for higher education through the plethora of AP and JCC courses available, I believe I have been most prepared for life after graduation  through the multiple leadership roles available within extracurricular  activities.  Being an several different organizations  has given me a first hand look at delegating  and handling  situations that may arise in a professional  manner thanks to the guidance of our advisors  and directors.