Cameron Gray-Lee is graduating from Amherst Regional High School next month. His activities included soccer leagues since age 5;Cam Disc playing oboe in the band as well as the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra; singing in the schools “Chorale” group, playing the soprano saxophone in the jazz band; and so much theater! He performed in every high school annual musical (except for one year when he played oboe in the “pit”), as well as wrote and directed several plays. As a student “juror” for two years, he and other students selected which of the dozens of student-written one- and 10-minute plays would be performed in the annual Student-Written Play Festival. Cameron had four of his own plays selected in recent years, each of which he directed. Each year, one high school senior is selected to direct a play of their choice, including auditioning students, casting all roles, and handling all aspects of production. This year, Cameron was selected for this role and chose to produce Hitchcock’s, 39 Steps, a murder mystery written for four actors who nimbly (or sometimes frantically) played more than 34 different roles. The play was thoroughly enjoyed by actors and audience members alike.
Cameron received the State Seal of Biliteracy in French. He is a Jones Library English as a Second Language tutor for a young Kazakhstani man.
Cameron was involved in the UU community for years, from the OWL programs to the wonderful youth group programs in high school.
For fun, Cameron enjoys playing piano, playing disc golf (a passion shared with his father), camping and visiting National Parks (passions shared with his mother). He is also president of the high school’s Board Game Club, where his favorite game is Blood on the Clocktower, a role-playing murder mystery game.
This summer, Cameron will be a “waitrae” (gender-neutral term for a waiter) at Star Island, a UU and UCC educational conference center, where he attended the International Affairs Conference with his mother since he was a toddler. This fall, Cameron will be at Yale where he may study physics, math, Latin, theater, music or some new passion he has yet to discover!