Juneau County's Teenagers of Today: Cameron Walker

by Becca Bruss - Teen Reporter

Cameron Walker is a 17-year-old who lives in Lyndon Station. I asked him what he likes to do for fun and he told me “Well, I like to hang with my family and friends, hunt and fish, skateboard and I like working on my car making it faster.” Something that makes Cameron unique is that on December 16, 2017, he graduated from the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy as military honor graduate being Command Sergeant Major. Because of the Challenge Academy, he graduated high school early.

I then asked him what he enjoyed most about being in the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy and if it helped him, he stated, “What I enjoyed most was the staff and meeting new people—we helped out a lot of organizations all the time and interacted with a lot of people. It helped me a lot. Before I was abusing drugs and selling drugs and dropped out of high school, now I’m clean—off everything, graduated with my diploma, working full time at the moment, and maybe thinking about the military but for sure attending college in the fall.”

He told me a little about one of his team leaders and his mentor, Bruce Hadley, who was one of his favorites; he said, “I love that guy! He used to call me Walker Texas Ranger and I was a part of the “butt ugly club.” He used to give me Tic Tacs or as he called them my “butt ugly pills.”

Cameron went on to state, “My mentor was Mr. Heesch and he was awesome. He supported me all the way through, we bonded, and sometimes he was able to come to the academy and then for our off-site visit. I wouldn't trade it for anything.”

I wanted to know if he would recommend Challenge Academy to other teenagers who may be getting into trouble or struggling, Cameron said, “Oh yes, It was the best thing that ever happened to me!” He also told me how he got to meet some Green Bay Packer players and be their tour guide, and how he was also apart of the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy Drill Team, “We performed in multiple parades, we even went to a Milwaukee Bucks game and performed for the colors in the beginning of the game!”

He finished by saying, “I want to go to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to start studying to become a general surgeon, but the military may make that easier for me, so maybe the military!” I asked him why he chose medicine, and he said, “I want to (study medicine) because I like to help people, and it sounds interesting. It also pays good.”

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