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April 17, 2014

Travis Sixth-Grader Conquers Johnson Peak

By Kendra Fowler | Special to the Index

Every year Travis Elementary sixth-graders spend a week of outdoor education at Camp Grady Spruce and every year is full of stories and memories. However, this year, a new Travis record was set.

Cameron Perez, a visually impaired Travis Elementary student, embraced the challenge to climb Johnson’s Peak with his peers. Johnson’s Peak is 350 feet above Possum Kingdom Lake and had Cameron trekking a total of 1.5 miles.

Cameron was first reluctant, mistakenly thinking that students were going to rappel down Johnson’s Peak. When he found out they would be hiking instead of rappelling, he decided to give it a try.

With a supportive entourage including teachers Cody Jordan, Debbie Spoon, Assistant Principal Randy Marshall, his visual aide, Amanda Hamm, and Mr. Spoon, he made it to the top. Mrs. Spoon states, “We were all so proud of Cameron. He had a blast!” His visual aide, Mrs. Hamm, awarded him a shirt that reads, "I survived Johnson’s Peak.”

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