One of 15 valedictorians, senior Cameron McNeill has taken full advantage of every opportunity given to her, breaking all stereotypes about cheerleaders. Besides maintaining a 4.0 unweighted GPA, McNeill is an accomplished athlete on campus and an active club participant.

“I’m very intrinsically motivated; I expected nothing less of myself,” McNeill said.

“I also knew that maintaining my grades would open up many doors in my future.”

Along with cheering varsity at football and basketball games and taking home the Extra Large Varsity Cheer title in 2012, McNeill was a part of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. McNeill was also in Math Club, Spanish Club, Young Republicans Club, historian for Always Wear Your Seatbelt Club and secretary for Engineering Club.

“My biggest achievement was being very actively involved in so many other things besides just my classes,” McNeill said.

Although a valedictorian, McNeill admits it wasn’t easy maintaining her grades.

     “My greatest struggle has been finding the best balance between studying time and family and friends,” McNeill said. “I frequently allow my study time to be interrupted by my friends.”

Despite the challenge, McNeill still found time to have fun and immerse herself in the school.

“My fondest memory is being a part of all the tradition at Boone,” McNeill said. “Cheering at Friday night football games was something I’ll never forget.”

McNeill is attending the University of Florida in the fall and is interested in entering the pre-med program.

She leaves underclassmen with this advice: “Take advantage of every moment and opportunity given to you. You’re only in high school for four years, you might as well make them good ones that will be worth your while.”

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By Renee Burke

I currently work as a Media Promotions Manager for OCPS. I taught at William R. Boone HS in Orlando for 22 years, and was JEA's 2015 H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year, the 2012 OCPS Teacher of the Year, 2011 FSPA Journalism Teacher of the Year, and a 2011 Gold Key recipient from CSPA. I advised the Legend yearbook and Hi-Lights newspaper for 20 and 21 years, respectively. Both publications earned CSPA Crown awards and NSPA Pacemakers.

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