Cedar Hill Class of 2018 Salutatorian Accepted to Harvard Law School

Cedar Hill High School Class of 2018 Salutatorian Brendon Camp will begin Harvard Law School this summer.

“Harvard comes with all of the resources and connections that I could possibly have – it’s not matched by any other school when it comes to opportunities,” said Camp, who will graduate Summa Cum Laude from Lamar University on Friday in Beaumont. “The Harvard Professors will all be the best in their respective fields.”

Camp credits his time at Cedar Hill High School, between 2014-2018, with helping him reach his goals.

He earned 45 college credits during his time at CHHS, which allowed him to complete a double major in Political Science/Criminal Justice at Lamar.

Camp, who earned a full academic scholarship to Lamar, earned a 4.0 grade point average at the southeast Texas-based university. He won Lamar’s Best Political Science Student Award and is a candidate for the Plummer Award, which goes to the Lamar student with the highest possible GPA.

“It shows the hard work pays off,” Camp said. “All I’ve done in high school and college is make sure I get to that next step.”

Camp, who’s a lifelong Cedar Hill resident, initially went to school in DeSoto because his mother taught there.

He transferred to CHISD in eighth grade, largely due to its strong Theatre Program.

At Permenter Middle School in 2013, he befriended Maria Villa, who is now his fiancé. Villa graduated fifth in the Class of 2018 and is graduating from Lamar on Friday with a degree in Social Work.

Camp competed in UIL Academics, Cross Country and Track & Field at Cedar Hill High School. He was impacted by Chemistry Teacher Michael McKinney and History Teacher Adam Burke.

At Lamar, Camp continued extracurricular activities such as Model UN. He traveled to Washington D.C. with that group. He also competed in Moot Court, reaching the State Regionals.

Camp currently works for a law firm in Beaumont, but he’ll return to Cedar Hill this summer to relax before beginning his first year of law school.

Camp said he plans to work in the judicial system, stating that he prefers it to the legislative branch.