Tamera Harris will run track in college, was an All CIF softball player in high school but will no longer play basketball her favorite sport. The 2015 Indian Springs High School graduate tacked on a San Bernardino School District athlete of the year award to go with her being named Indian Springs first female Ken Hubbs Award nominee. Like Hubbs, Harris would run from a track meet to a baseball field on the same day.
In between, Harris was president of the school’s health academy and was editor of the school yearbook for two years. For good measure, the teenager was recently promoted from a cashier to a management position at Carl’s Jr restaurant. “I’ve never had a problem budgeting my time. It’s been pretty easy,” said Harris. “I will probably continue to work at Carl’s during college. It’s got its pro’s and con’s.” She earned her promotion there in less than a year.
Through her presidency of the high school health academy she has “gotten her feet wet” while observing at Loma Linda University Hospital and at its school of medicine. Harris says she enjoys all areas of math except geometry. Her love of trigonometry equates to a #19 ranking among 291 graduating seniors at Indian Springs. She walked on grad night with high honors. All that adds up to an academic scholarship to Cal State San Bernardino where she will study nursing to eventually work with children or with elderly in nursing homes.
Harris said she knew nothing about Ken Hubbs prior to her nomination for the award. “I knew there would be a lot of athletes at the ceremony but I didn’t know there would be that many people there.” The Hubbs Award banquet was held in the Colton High School Hubbs Gym with over 200 in attendance. “I did not know that I’d be called up to give a speech but I had a little time to gather my thoughts as others were called before me.”
She acknowledged that the Indian Springs yearbook had quite a few pictures of herself among the pages. But fellow students say she deserved any mention. It was her job to make sure the articles accurately described the photos and the overall layout and design was in order. As a junior, Harris was basketball team MVP and her .438 batting average and 27 stolen bases landed her on the All CIF softball 2nd team. In addition, she was a CIF track qualifier in the 400 meters and 400×4 meters relay team.
Indian Springs Athletic Director John Chamberlain said both Harris and Carlos Aguirre Garcia were excellent representatives as the school’s first Ken Hubbs Award selections. “We nominate a group of athletes and the Hubbs Foundation makes the decision. We are very proud of our first two. Tamera was the whole package–a good athlete, very academically sound and active in the community,” said Chamberlain.
“Her dedication and desire to help others sets Tamera apart. That’s why she’s going into nursing,” stated Indian Springs Basketball coach Deniesha Culverson. “She’s willing to try anything and never quits. She’s got an inner toughness.” Culverson said Harris brings those assets to the basketball court where she was the point guard and captain. “You won’t see a lot on her stat sheet but she was able to distribute the ball to the right person and was a standout defensively, averaging three or four steals per game. She’s just a go-getter.”