West earns scholar-athlete award

W. Curt Vincent Editor

June 9, 2014

ELIZABETHTOWN — Cameron West may be graduating this week, but he is certainly leaving behind a positive legacy for his coaches, teachers and other student-athletes whose lives he has touched along the way.

Because of his leadership skills, as well as high-caliber academic and athletic accomplishments, West has been named the June recipient of the Mountaire Farms/Civitas Media Scholar-Athlete Award.

West is a four-year, two-sport athlete, excelling as a netminder for Jay Raynor’s soccer team and a first-baseman for Russell Priest’s baseball team. In the classroom, West has posted a 3.681 weighted GPA and graduates No. 16 out of a class of 150.

“Cameron has shown exceptional leadership skills both on and off the field,” said Priest, who nominated West. “On the field, he constantly motivates the younger players. He has also started practice for soccer or baseball when the coaches may be tied up with other things.”

Priest said West does much the same thing outside of school.

“Off the field, Cameron has done many mission trips with Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church,” Priest said. “During those trips, he’s done yard work for the elderly and helped with a day camp for disadvantaged children with a Charleston, S.C., church.

“He also plays drums with the youth when they do programs for our church services,” Priest added.

West has taken a number of honors classes at East Bladen, including algebra, English, world history, civics and economics, biology, pre-calculus, chemistry and U.S. history.

On the fields of competition, West was one of the Four County Conference’s top soccer goalkeepers in the fall and, on the baseball field, he was one of the Eagles’ top hitters batting out of the cleanup spot.

During his sophomore year, West was the recipient of the Lacy West Scholarship Award, which allowed him to attend the East Carolina Baseball Camp. After his senior baseball season, West was named co-MVP.

“It’s been a good four years,” West said of his high-school experience. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

“The coaches and teachers I’ve had have helped make me who I am today,” West said.

West is a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society, as well as serving as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at East Bladen.

“His attitude, his ability to get along and go along with his fellow teammates, not to mention his mannerly conduct on and off the field, is admirable,” Priest said.

West, who is the son of Alan and Cheryl West, plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and major in athletic training.