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Craft Academy senior Cameron Snowden accepted to Harvard

Cameron SnowdenA senior at the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics has been accepted to Harvard University.  

Cameron Snowden from Breathitt County is the first student in Craft Academy history to be accepted to Harvard. He said he found out he had been admitted to the school while chatting with friends.   

"When the update was posted, and I learned that I was accepted, a wave of excitement instantly came over me," Snowden said. "Needless to say, I am beyond excited to be attending such a prestigious college."  

He said attending the Craft Academy at Morehead State University has given him the tools he will need to succeed in the Ivy League.  

"Craft Academy has provided me with an environment that has allowed me to explore my interests and challenge myself academically. It's also allowed me to experience life in an academic community composed of people of many different backgrounds," Snowden said. "I expect both of these things to be true of Harvard. Because I have already encountered these things at Craft, I believe I am now well equipped to take full advantage of them at Harvard, whether that be evident in the courses I take, the programs I become involved in, or the people I connect with."   

Cameron Snowden standing at a podiumAs a first-generation college student, Snowden said he's excited about all the opportunities attending a school like Harvard will provide him. Snowden was admitted under Harvard's early action program, which had more than 10,000 applicants for the fall semester.   

"I'm eager to take advantage of all the opportunities that college—especially a college with as many resources as Harvard—can offer me," he said. "I'm looking forward to the internships and other academic offerings that will prepare me for my future career."  

Snowden plans to major in political science and English and has plans to attend law school.  

"I've had an interest in law and government from a young age, so going into that field just makes sense to me. Going into the government sector as opposed to being an attorney, or at some point in my career of being an attorney, is something I've also considered. I could see myself running for office one day," he said.   

In addition to his academic excellence, Snowden was active in several extracurricular activities, including membership on the Craft Academy Chess Team and the Chess Team at Jackson City High School, his home high school; Craft Academy Student Council parliamentarian; and Craft Academy Focus Group (tutoring group) leader. He was also involved in the drama club and academic team at Jackson City High School.

To learn more about the Craft Academy at MSU, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/craft-academy, email craftacademy@moreheadstate.edu or call 606-783-2093.
Bottom photo: Snowden was a guest speaker at the 2020 Kentucky Association for Gifted Education conference.