Valedictorian - Cameron Glen
Next Steps: Oklahoma State University
Field of Studies: Chemical and Aerospace Engineering
🔴 What advice you would give your freshman self? Don't take yourself too seriously. You don't have to be the best at everything, you just have to try your best. Learning is fun, so keep finding knowledge through your passion.
🔴 What has this journey taught you about yourself? I really do love learning, however, sometimes I let my competitive side get in the way of enjoying education. This journey taught me how to learn through my passion for knowledge, rather than wanting to be the best. When you start to love learning, learning becomes much easier and more fun.
🔴 Looking back on your school experience at CPS what does being a Zebra mean to you? Being a Zebra means being proud of yourself and your community. The Claremore Zebra community comes with the support of many individuals of all ages building each other up. I am so glad to have grown up in such a connected community that encourages me to be myself.
🔴 What staff member made the biggest impact on your life and how in elementary school? I attended Legacy Christian School for elementary school and my most influential teacher was Mrs. Lippert. She introduced me to my love for learning and ignited a passion for knowledge. She was my second-grade teacher and she still keeps in touch with my family and me.
🔴 What staff member made the biggest impact on your life and how in junior high? My most impactful teacher at WRJH was Coach Knoke. He was my US history teacher and although I will not be studying history in the future, there are still many lessons of his I will take with me. He made every student feel valued and heard and was always there to cheer me up when he could tell I was down. He implemented important life lessons into the classroom that helped me mature and that I will carry with me through my life.
🔴 What staff member made the biggest impact on your life and how in high school? The most influential teacher I’ve had at CHS would be Ms. Hammack. She encouraged me to study engineering and has helped me grow throughout my high school career. She has become a role model of mine and is someone I hope to keep in touch with long after graduation.
🔴 What is the ONE thing you absolutely take with you to college? My passion for learning!
🔴 What activities you have been involved in? Athletics, Chemistry Club, Class President, Native American Student Association, National Honor Society, Red Army, SAGA, Spirit Squad, Student Council, Young Democrats, and SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl.
🔴 What was the hardest part (challenges) you had to overcome to achieve this honor? The hardest challenge I faced was balancing school and life. I had to learn how to draw the line between my personal problems and my school work and had to continue to work hard in school, even when life got hard.
🔴 What are you most proud of in your high school career? I’m most proud of the relationships I‘ve formed with my teachers and peers! My teachers have worked so hard for my success and taught me so many lessons I will carry throughout my whole life.
🔴 Awards / Honors / Scholarships
Oklahoma State CEAT Scholar