Kameron Irvin said that he is not one to quit on anything.
"I don’t like to give up," the Proviso East senior said. "When times get hard, I keep pushing. I don’t like to give in."
That never-quit attitude has pushed Kameron to new heights this year, as he is wrestling for a state title this week at the Illinois State Wrestling Tournament in Champaign. In addition, he also has done the job in the classroom, holding a 3.68 weight grade point average while not only wrestling, but also playing defensive back on the Proviso East football team and preparing to be a sprinter on the Pirates’ track team.
"It’s just staying focused," Kameron said of his approach to balancing academics and athletics. "I just try to motivate myself and keep pushing. It’s just stay on track and do what’s right."
Another motivation for Kameron is his younger brother, Kasey Irvin. Kasey is a sophomore at Proviso East and also is a football player.
"I have to set an example for my little brother, and I have to be a good role model," Kameron said. "I try to set an example so he can do the right thing, too."
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that Kameron has been a good role model for Kasey and other students at Proviso East.
"Kameron Irvin is a great example of the effort that one needs to put forth to succeed in both athletics and the classroom," Mr. Valente said. "He is to be commended for his effort and his accomplishments, I wish him well in all of his future endeavors."
Good luck, Kameron!