Campbell turns books, sports and faith into Bryant-Jordan bidPublished 11:12am Monday, February 25, 2013
The senior Bulldog ran out of classes to take at his soon-to-be alma mater, so he sought out educational opportunities elsewhere in the county. But what else would you expect from a three-sport athlete carrying a 4.2 GPA and a 33 ACT?
“If I make a B, my parents will kill me,” Campbell said with a laugh.
“He’s not your typical high school student,” said Jimmy Hull, principal of Holtville High. “He’s got a lot of ability and charisma and brings a lot of other students up to his level.”
While other students were taking electives, Campbell doubled up on his core courses. And his hard work has begun to pay dividends, as he was named one of eight academic finalists for the prestigious Bryant-Jordan Scholarship.
“I ran out of classes to take,” said Campbell. “I sat down with Coach Hull and worked out a new schedule. It was a pretty big adjustment being involved with three different schools. It’s a lot of different people. It’s weird but I’m meeting some pretty cool people at the same time.”
Campbell, who was one class short of being able to graduate high school as a junior, takes AP Calculus at Wetumpka four days a week. He does dual-enrollment college English (through Faulkner) at Edgewood three days a week. The only classes he takes at Holtville are physics and government/economics.
Campbell is a people person, though, and having friendships on three campuses gives him the opportunity to fulfil a secondary mission.
“I’m all for God and Christ and I feel he put me in this position, around all these new people, to make a big impact and spread his word,” said Campbell, whose father is the pastor of Prattville’s Hunter Hills Church.
“He’s a good kid and we are going to miss him when he graduates,” said Hull.
Campbell, Holtville’s current SGA president, is in the running with Hannah Ray and Carrie Berkstresser for the title of valedictorian.
“But just being around him, you can tell he’s thinking beyond that,” said Hull.
Campbell is not only learned, he’s also traveled, and that’s reflected in his personality.
“I’ve traveled a lot,” said Campbell. “Not in the country, but out of the country. I went to Honduras on a mission trip a couple of years ago. I worked with the kids there and was able to teach them Bible lessons. I really think I learned from them more than they learned from me.”
During the same summer of 2010, Campbell was part of the People-2-People exchange student program and spent time in Europe as part of a student-ambassador program.
“In Austria, we had a home stay for four days,” said Campbell, whose European tour took him to Italy, Switzerland, France and Austria. “That was what I was the most afraid of. But it turned out to be my favorite part of the trip.”
The Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Banquet will be held in Birmingham in April.