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Local teen ready to face world issues with a passion

November 05, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - After he graduates from North Hagerstown High School in June, Eric Campbell, 16, plans to save the world.

His generation has been "left with this world in chaos and we have to do something about it," Eric said.

The honors student listed AIDS and global warming as two crises facing the world.

Eric is active with the North High chapter of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). A person's politics don't matter to the organization - it's all about bringing peace to the world, he said.

Eric, the son of Eric Campbell Sr. and Christine Campbell, credits his education and his parents with broadening his mind and making him more accepting.

"I like to look at all sides of the story," he said.

He is working to earn the advanced International Baccalaureate Diploma, and will know whether he was accepted to his "dream school" - the University of Pennsylvania - by Dec. 15, Eric said.

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Eric chose the Ivy League UPenn as his top school because it's diverse, is in Philadelphia, which is one of his favorite cities, and educates students to make their own decisions, he said.

Once in college, Eric wants to take classes in international studies and business, he said. Eventually, he said he wants to work for the federal government, perhaps helping to learn about and support other nations' economies.

But first, Eric has to get through the rest of his senior year, which will be quite busy.

Eric admits to having a lot of passions, and Advanced Placement Environmental Science and English are his favorite classes.

He is the student government president this year, and people say he is the first minority to hold the position, Eric said. He also plays varsity tennis, is active in the service organization Key Club and participates in charitable community activities.

As a minority at a school where less than one-third of the students are black, Eric said he is disappointed that more minority students don't take advantage of the opportunities available in life.

Eric wants to make the most of every opportunity he has, he said.

"I'm not going to be another black man in jail," he said.

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