Cameron Cole is an eleventh grade student at Kenwood Academy High School in Chicago, Illinois. He was originally attracted to ACT-SO because he was inspired by a student he knew who had participated in the program. He, too, wanted to compete against students from across Chicago, and potentially, the entire country. He decided to compete in the 2017 local Chicago ACT-SO branch competition, and he received a gold medal in the Chemistry/Biochemistry category for his award-winning project, The Affect of Temperature Variation on Fuel Cell Efficiency. Due to his accomplishments at the local competition, Cameron has advanced to compete at the national ACT-SO competition in Baltimore, Maryland this upcoming July!
Three Words to Describe Feelings about National Competition
Anxious, confident and ready. Cameron feels anxious about presenting his project in front of well-known, reputable judges. He is also anxious to witness the victory and greatness unleashed by his talented peers. Although he has a few anxieties, Cameron is confident that if he remains level-headed and stays true to what he knows and has accomplished thus far, then he will have much success in this upcoming competition.
Nerves & Excitement
Cameron is most nervous about meeting the judges because it is the largest variable and contributing factor to his success in the competition. There is great anxiety surrounding meeting the judges, because one does not know who they will present to, until the competition time arrives. He is looking forward to engaging with creative, intellectual students like himself from all corners of the nation and hearing their distinct perspectives. He also hopes to gain a network of people that he can lean on whenever necessary and learn valuable knowledge from to use in his future endeavors.
“Be ready to bring your game face, and be ready to bring the best you have and nothing less.” – Cameron Cole
We wish you the best of luck, Cameron, in the 2017 national ACT-SO competition!