Campos Found Career Path During COVID Pandemic Year
Benjamin Campos said the COVID-19 Pandemic that interrupted the world in March 2020 – including the Class of 2022’s sophomore year – was very challenging.
“Virtual classes were a challenge, and a big chunk of our high school years were taken away by COVID,” Campos said.
Campos, who will graduate Cum Laude from Cedar Hill High School (13th in a class of 570) on May 31, said he honed in on his future during the long stretch of Pandemic days.
“It got me into landscaping and thinking about what I want to do with my life,” Campos said.
Campos, a first generation college student, plans to study Landscape Architecture at Texas A&M University this fall.
“I’ve always wanted to design, create and plan things,” Campos said. “Working in landscaping helped me see that Landscape Architecture suited me. I want to create houses, buildings and parks. There’s a lot of pressure in being a first generation college student, but at the same time, I’m excited and it gives me a lot of motivation.”
Campos also became interested in photography through his work on the Cedar Hill Yearbook, although he admits that the 2020-2021 school year was a challenging one to be a Yearbook photographer.
He was on the sidelines for two historic Cedar Hill Football Games – the Longhorns’ 27-24 overtime win over Rockwall Heath in the State Quarterfinals at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, in January 2021.
He also photographed the Cedar Hill-Duncanville Football Game at Globe Life Field – the first football game at any level at the new Texas Rangers Stadium. He returned to Globe Life Field a month later to photograph the Longhorns’ Area Playoff Victory over Tyler Legacy.
“I used to take my camera everywhere, but I started using it for school and sports,” Campos said. “Everything took off from there.”
Campos played soccer for Cedar Hill from his freshman year of 2018-2019. He was on the Junior Varsity Team for three seasons.
He made his varsity debut as a senior, all while playing goalkeeper for the first time in his life.
“We figured someone’s got to make a commitment to be a goalkeeper and that’s where I came in,” Campos said. “If I’m going to do something, I’m going to give it my all.”
In his final high school soccer game, Campos recorded a shutout in a 3-0 victory over Mansfield. The Tigers reached the third round of the playoffs three weeks later.
“It felt amazing to record a shutout against them,” Campos said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better finish.”
Campos earned Second Team Academic All-State Boys Soccer Honors.
Last month, Campos was one of the CHHS Scholars recognized at the annual “Night of Shining Stars.”
He had an opportunity to choose one educator to honor, and he selected Rosalynn Nimmer, who was his Kindergarten Teacher at Waterford Oaks Elementary in 2009-2010.
“She set me on the path for success,” Campos said. “I remember everything I did in that class. She had a lot of patience, and she appreciated me for the kid I was. I enjoyed my time in Cedar Hill, and being here from Kindergarten through Graduation, it’s felt like home to me.”