Now he is the stellar student pick for the Henry Neighbor for September.
Campbell’s teachers Nikia Moore, Cheryl Chaffin, John Davis and Adreian Standard recommended the 13-year-old for his hard work and dedication.
Campbell said he achieved his steady A and B report card by studying and always being inquisitive in class.
Although he said he enjoyed playing soccer recreationally last year, he wanted to focus on becoming an all A student this year.
Standard said Campbell is “more than willing to assist his peers with their understanding of the curriculum.”
Similarly, eighth-grade social studies teacher Davis said Campbell is very well liked by his classmates.
“He always asks ‘How’s your day?’ and is very friendly,” Davis said.
His outgoing personality also made him interested in volunteering around his community.
“I was involved with Hands on Henry through Shiloh Baptist Church,” Campbell said.
The nonprofit is a volunteer program helping with beautification and other site improvement projects.
“We picked up trash and helped clean up around residential areas and doing it inspired me to learn about other volunteer opportunities,” Campbell said.
According to his teachers, his hard work is demonstrated in the classroom as well.
“Malik takes great pride in his work and always puts forth great effort,” said Standard, an eighth-grade science teacher.
Campbell said he is not afraid to approach his teachers when he needs help.
“I understand concepts by asking questions, so I try to talk to my teachers every day and ask about more information,” he said.
Campbell said his favorite subject is math and he would like to be either a cardiologist or dentist when he grows up.
He said his role model and personal motivator is his mother, Luz Campbell.
“My mom always helps me with projects and writing assignments and she encourages me to keep challenging myself,” Campbell said.
He also has advice for other students who want to be achievers.
“Push yourself towards realizing your goals and don’t give up,” Campbell said.