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Cameron Tripp Commits to Harvard

Congratulations to rising senior Cameron Tripp who accepted an offer to play football for Harvard University. Tripp was presented the opportunity on Tuesday, June 24 and accepted it on Friday, June 27. According to Tripp, "It's too good of an opportunity to pass up.  If you walk in the room with a Harvard degree, people are going to listen to you. It's one of the best schools in the country, in the world. Harvard is a dream school."

Tripp had received several full scholarship offers to play football, including Alabama Birmingham, The Citadel, and West Point.  As a 6-foot-6 quarterback, Tripp admits the decision was difficult.  Ivy League schools play Division I sports, but they do not award any athletic scholarships.  According to Tripp, "We understand that's a hurdle, but they do a lot of grant money, and they do low-interest student loans.  My parents have said they will pay as much as they can, and whatever they can't, I will get student loans. … I have the full support of my parents."

According to an article in The Enquirer Journal, here is how Tripp's decision evolved.  Tripp's Dad, Dennis (who played defensive line for UNC and the New York Giants), got in from a work-related flight out of town about 10:30 Thursday night. Cameron, Dennis and Melanie, his Mom, sat in the living room together for an hour discussing it.  "We did a list of pros and cons and there were no negatives for Harvard," Tripp said. "Other than the cold Boston weather. That might be hard on a Southern boy."  Tripp and his Dad flew up to Boston the night before the football camp, and on the return flight home he had a gut feeling Harvard was his destiny.  While there, they spent some time in Boston and also got a tour of the yard.  "When we were on campus I was so impressed," Tripp said. "I was like 'Whoa, this is where I need to be.' Some of the players were showing us around. When you think of Harvard you think of smart, snobby people, but these guys were truly, genuinely nice people. They're academically motivated and that's something I'm looking for."

Tripp said his current GPA is 4.67 (based on a 5.0 weighted scale) and he scored a 1730 on the SAT. Based on his transcript and standardized test scores, the Harvard coaching staff told Tripp "they should have no problem getting me in school." Tripp maintains his goal of being an orthopedic surgeon one day "but I also understand I'm a 17-year-old kid and what I want to do now may not be what I want to do when I get there. That's one of the great things about going to Harvard. No matter what I do it's going to be a highly-respected degree."

The entire Piedmont community congratulates Cameron on his accomplishment and the achievement of his goal!

Written by: Donna Helms (Portions from The Enquirer Journal)
Posted: Jul 01, 2014 by Donna Helms

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