Class of 2026: Basketball star aims for her dream job

Class of 2026: Basketball star aims for her dream job

C ameran Francis of Sandersville, Georgia, is extremely goal oriented. She became Brentwood School’s all-time scoring leader in basketball with 2,310 career points. She also holds the record for the most three-point shots made in a game and is recognized as a four-time, all-state, all-region selection.

In addition, Francis was valedictorian of her class, served on the Washington County Leadership Board and was a two-time track championship winner. 

Cameran Francis at orientation.
Cameran Francis at orientation.

“It feels unreal,” she said. “When I was a little girl, I remember walking by the retired basketball jerseys and looking at all their records with amazement. Now that I am one of those people, it’s unbelievable. I don’t think reality has set in yet.”

Francis began playing basketball with the local recreation department at age four. She also participated in Georgia College’s basketball camps from childhood until high school. She has enjoyed the feeling of winning with her best friends, while being surrounded with constant love, support and encouragement from those who are close to her.

When Francis begins her journey at Georgia College, she’ll shift gears to play intramural basketball, focusing more on her studies. 

“No matter how impossible something may seem or how far a goal seems out of reach, work hard, be determined and have a good attitude. Then, you can accomplish anything.”
– Cameran Francis

She also looks forward to making new friends and memories at Georgia College. Francis wants to hone her leadership skills—ones she learned while serving on the Washington County Leadership Board.

“Words are not the only way to be a leader,” Francis said. “People are always watching you. So, your actions are very powerful and a big part of being a good leader.”

On the board, she learned how to work better with others; discovered more about herself and her community; and how she could give back.

Francis made such an impression on her peers that she was voted Miss Brentwood for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Cameran Francis as Miss Brentwood.
Cameran Francis as Miss Brentwood.

Now, she’s excited about starting the 2022-2023 school year. She chose to major in accounting, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather who were both accountants.

“I’ve always loved working with numbers, and math has been my favorite subject in school,” Francis said. “My school provided me with the opportunity to work with a business my senior year, and that experience helped me realize accounting is something I want to pursue.”

She plans to engage in the Georgia College experience by making new friends, playing intramural sports, being independent and getting her accounting degree.

Through basketball and her studies, Francis learned to never give up—a lesson she’ll take with her to college and her career. 

“No matter how impossible something may seem or how far a goal seems out of reach, work hard, be determined and have a good attitude,” she said. “Then, you can accomplish anything.”