In light of the ongoing excuses as to an academic achievement gap remains between African American and other race groups in America, Cameron Clarke beats all odds and score a perfect 2400 score on his SAT. He sad, "I woke up and checked my score on my cell phone and I didn't believe it at first, so I kept refreshing the page and after 5-10 times refreshing, I woke my parents up. "Mom, dad I got a perfect score!" Previously, Cameron scored a 2190 but the high expectations of himself and classmates, motivated him to study practice books and retake the test. And the second time, he hit the jackpot! And with only 360 perfect scores out of 1,660,000 (1.66 million) test-takers, Cameron is a superstar foreal, foreal!
Cameron has attended Germantown Academy since Kindergarden in Philadephia and has plenty of things going on other than books. Senator of the student government, he also writes for the school newspaper, runs cross country, tutors his peers, belongs to the math club and his most serious extra-curricular activity is being a principal cellist for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. He performed last summer at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Cameron, whose mom is a Spanish Teacher and father owns a Restaurant and Lounge, has dreams of attending Princeton University.
Alfonzo Porter is a former high school principal and the author of More Like Barack, Less Like Tupac: Eradicating the Academic Achievement Gap by Countering Three Decades of the Hip Hop Hoax. He poses a question asking, "My question is, Why are we not making them household names? Surely, if we can follow LeBron James from the age of 13, Michael Vick from the age of 14, etc., we can do the same for these young, inspirational academic superstars."
With much debate as to the reason the prisons are 80% African American, many are left wondering if the schools have dropped the ball, while others point the finger at the parents. It seems as if Cameron had it all. He had parents who motivated him by modeling success and he attended an exceptional school. But in the end, Cameron put the cherry on the sundae becasue with 5 minutes left in the test, he noticed he had made a mistake in placing 33 questions in the wrong spot. He erased the questions and placed them correctly with no time remaining. With all other factors remaining constant, Cameron was the biggest variable in his academic success! He didn't give up, while all odds were against him during the last 5 minutes of that test!