This is the first in a monthly series where we will look at students who do not only excel on the field of play, but also in the classroom. The ability to balance hard work and dedication both on and off the field is something that deserves to be celebrated. Our first-ever Student-Athlete of the Month is no exception to this. Introducing: James Shaffer.
James Shaffer is a senior at Memorial High School and maintains a 4.0 GPA. He is lined up to be one of the valedictorians of the class, and his hard work and dedication in the classroom is something that doesn’t go unnoticed. When James was asked about how he finds that balance to excel in the classroom and on the field he stated, “School always comes first and athletics come second. You cannot play unless you have good enough grades. So I just try my hardest both athletically and academically.” The pride in the details is something that makes James stand out. James plans on pursuing college after high school and majoring in Accounting.
Not only is he gifted in the classroom, but he is also a hard-working, gifted athlete. James has the potential to play many sports, but has only chosen to play football. When asked why football meant so much to him he replied, “The feeling on Friday night is a feeling that you feel nowhere else. It’s just an amazing atmosphere.” That intense feeling doesn’t cloud his ability to help make sure players are in the correct positions, and helping out younger football players with guidance and insight.
James ended the meeting when he was asked what Campbell pride meant to him. He laughed and replied, “Once a Red Devil, Always a Red Devil.”