A+ Athlete: Cam Montgomery, Van Alstyne
This week's A+ Athlete is Cam Montgomery of Van Alstyne High school. If there is a sport to play in V.A., you can bet Cam will be out there.
He's a two-year captain for the football team, where he received several all-district honors. He's a key member of the successful basketball program, he also plays baseball.
Cam was a state qualifier in cross country, and he is a state champion in the 4x400 relay. He's seen a lot of success over the years, and leads by example.
"It gives us an opportunity to point to Cam and say 'Everyone here can be like Cam'. Everyone can work that hard in the classroom. Everybody can have the type of character that he has," said Van Alstyne head football coach Mikeal Miller. "Everybody can be the leader that he has. He serves as a tremendous role model for all of us here in Van Alstyne to point to and say 'We need some more Cam's around here."
"I know growing up with my brother and sister, we've always been real competitive with everything," said A+ Athlete Cam Montgomery. "I feel like that's where it all started, and it just transferred over into school and sports."
The competition doesn't stop when final whistle blows for Cam, but it continues over into just about anything he does.
He's in the top 10% of his class with a 4.1 G.P.A. He's enrolled in A.P. and Dual credit classes.
He's in the National Honors Society, and he's the senior class president. Making himself a leader in the classroom as well as on the field.
"He just has that internal motivation. He wants to be the best that he can be. So far, he's been very successful," said Van Alstyne Biology teacher Ella Burkhalter. "He's just driven to succeed. I think he knows what he wants to do in life, and he's going to do it. There's nothing that will stop that kid."
"There's always been examples for me, and I want to be that example for younger kids," said Montgomery. "To show them how to work hard, how to be a great leader, and continue that into the program."
When Cam is done with his homework, and practice is over, he likes to spend his free time giving back by volunteering at the special Olympics, and going on several mission trips.