Cameron Skinner, Morgan High School varsity basketball player, has been selected to represent his school on the UHSAA Academic All-State Basketball Team.
The combined grade point average of the players on the 3A team is a straight 4.0. The All-State team is made up of students who have excelled both on the court and in the classroom. Cameron will be honored for his achievement during half-time at the state championship game.
Skinner has always loved playing sports in general, but especially basketball. He started playing on competition teams when he was in third grade.
Skinner’s family has always been incredibly supportive. His mother Lisa Skinner said, “Competition teams are a sacrifice for the whole family. You have to decide if it is worth it.” However, she stressed that in her family, schoolwork was always most important.
Starting in elementary school, Cameron was taught that his schoolwork was his personal responsibility. Skinner has always been a hard worker and homework came before playing with friends. Sometimes homework was even completed in the car while traveling to competition games.
Now that Cameron is in high school, fitting everything in is a little more difficult. There are often late nights writing papers and finishing math problems and anything else that was not completed during the day at school. The basketball team occasionally has to miss class to travel to away games and practice can be intense, but Cameron’s work ethic still kept him on top of his game academically.
Just like any other teenager, Cameron loves video games,enjoys going out with friends and thinks his phone is way too out of date, but he is a great example to everyone around him. He is called Mr. Social in his family and is never too tired to go out with friends.
Following graduation in May, Cameron plans to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his return he plans to attend Utah State University, where he has received an academic scholarship and would like to pursue a degree in engineering.