MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn -- As far as bad ideas go, this one was right up there.
A TV reporter suggested his subject get up in front of his high school literature class and read Shakespeare.
"To be, or not to be, that is the question", the student gamely offered, only to be greeted by catcalls.
Now understand, Kelton Anderson has no fear of speaking in public. After all, this senior from St. Thomas Academy is a co-captain and a ranked member of the cadets debate team. But, in an all-male class, the suggestion that Kelton read in front of the camera only served to invite a slew of comments. Still, Kelton was hardly rattled.
"I love the all-male aspect of St. Thomas", says Kelton. "I don't have to worry about making a fool of myself in front of a girl, and all kidding aside, the guys here are really great".
A 4-time letter winner in debate, Kelton also participates in yearbook and french club, while maintaining a 4-point-0 GPA. But, it's debate that fuels Kelton's academic fire.
"I love the intelligence of it, it's really fun and it's really academic", Says Kelton. "Every day at practice you learn something new. It keeps you on your toes, you know? You understand that there are pros and cons to every single side of an issue, so it makes me really focused on what I'm saying and what I'm doing to make sure that I'm consistent in my thought process and not just like, randomly spewing facts."
Kelton is careful about what he says, and about how he acts. A diabetic, Kelton volunteers at summer camp and works in fund-raisers, to help others who are dealing with diabetes.
Says Kelton, "I find it's really motivating to try and find a cure and help other diabetics so, it's an integral part of my life. Every day I have to deal with it so, it's not something that I take lightly."
As for dealing with those guys giving him a hard time in his Lit. class? Kelton says, it's because of those guys that he has achieved the level of 'Academic All-Star'.
"Only because I surround myself by really smart people", says Kelton. "If it weren't for my friends I wouldn't be where I am today."