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photoAA Senior Kameron H. Delivers Chapel Talk

2017, December 29 – The setbacks of life can be the catalyst for greater achievement. Such was the case for Kameron H., an Amelia Academy senior, who delivered his Chapel Talk on Nov. 29. Failing to make the team tryouts in middle school was the beginning. Today, Kameron is looking forward to playing basketball at the collegiate level. He recently signed his commitment to play for Notre Dame College.

As a sixth-grader, Kameron played football and “never really liked basketball.” When his friends decided to try out for the basketball team, he joined them. Kameron said he failed to make the second cut. Rather than giving up, he decided to work harder for the next year. “I didn’t want to do anything but make the team. . . I decided that I was going to practice every single day,” he said.

Kameron also made the decision to quit playing football to concentrate on basketball. “That whole summer I practiced outside in the heat and while it was raining,” he said. “I practiced until it was pitch black outside and the street lights came on.”

When Kameron tried out in seventh grade, he made the team and eventually became the starting point guard. Over the next two years, he continued practicing on his own, playing at the County’s Parks and Recreation Center. It was there that he met players from Amelia Academy in the summer before ninth grade.

One of the players invited him to join their practice. He admitted to being nervous because “they were towering over me.” Coach Q, then the Academy’s varsity coach, arrived and “put me through the hardest practice I had ever experienced,” Kameron said.

After a scrimmage game, Coach Q met Kameron’s father, Gregory H. “Weeks later,” Kameron said, “my father was the Academy’s assistant coach.”

The next year, Kameron transferred to the Academy. “I thought I was chasing my dreams to play basketball but, in the process, my father got to fulfill his,” Kameron said. He explained that his father had always had the dream to coach high school basketball. Coach H. became the head varsity coach two years ago, and Kameron said, “I’ve never seen my father more excited and focused than he is now.”

Kameron praised the leadership of his father who guided the team to two state championship game appearances. “He believed in us when we thought we didn’t have a glimpse of a chance,” he said.

Kameron also paid a tribute to his mother. “She has always been there for me and supported me on and off the court,” he said. “She may be the loudest person in the gym, but she is also my biggest fan,” he added.

Kameron expressed appreciation to his Academy family of teachers, students, and especially his classmates. “Since arriving to this school, I have accomplished and learned so much,” he said.

Throughout his life, Kameron said that he has known that God has a plan for him. He encouraged his fellow students to face the reality that their dreams may not come true in the way they hope. “Just know that God has a plan for you,” he told them. “And, always keep God in all of your plans.” Quoting John 15:4-5, he said, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

Kameron is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in many programs at the Academy. While a student-athlete over the past four years, Kameron has been a dominant presence on the varsity basketball team. He served as captain of the junior varsity team and is the current captain of the varsity team. Kameron has been named all-conference and all-state.

Attending his Chapel Talk were Kameron’s parents, Valarie and Greg H., his brother Gregory, and William S., a fellow teammate who lives with the H. family. Also present were his grandmothers, Louise H. and Betty W. Other family and friends among the special guests included Kim W., Sean D., Anita G., Leah R., and Kameron’s teammates.

Guests and members of the class of 2018 attended a reception following the chapel talk program.