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Coordinator Spotlight: Shazaam

Congratulations to Shazaam for being elected as our new CoChair!! To congratulate him on his new position we decided to spotlight him in this week’s Coordinator Spotlight. Shazaam joined Camp Kesem last year as a Camp Counselor and enjoyed it so much that he decided to become more involved as a member of the fundraising team. Now Shazaam has taken on an even bigger role as next year’s CoChair, which will be sharing with Senior Pecs.


Name: Tim Fagerness
Camp Name: Shazaam
Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Year in School: Junior
Major: Biology

How did you hear about Camp Kesem? I heard it from my friend Andy Hughes (Waldo), who encouraged me to apply to be a camp counselor last summer!
How did Shazaam become your camp name? There is a movie that NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal is in called Kazaam. I thought it was called Shazaam, so I chose it based on that. But then later I found out what the real name of the movie was, but I really liked the name Shazaam, so I kept it!
What is your favorite camp activity? My favorite camp activity was capture the flag because of how into the game both the counselors and campers got. Hopefully the counselors pull out another victory again against the campers.
What is your favorite camp song? My favorite camp song is “The Llama Song.”
What is your favorite memory from last year’s camp? My favorite memory from last year was how all of the counselors and campers came together and pretty much became a family. None of the counselors were really friends before camp, but after we were one huge CK family!
What are you most looking forward to for this year’s camp? I’m most looking forward to getting to know the new campers and counselors, and also seeing the other campers from last year!
Explain your position on the Camp Kesem Minnesota Exec Board My position this year for CKMN is fundraising and then next year the Co-Chair with Pecs. As the fundraising coordinator with Speckles and Scrub, we found and planned many random fundraisers throughout the school year and summer to help us reach our goal of $50,000. As a Co-Chair, I am pretty much just getting use to what the Co-Chairs do, such as calls with the Program Director Firefly and making sure everything is well with the rest of the Executive Board.
Why do you CK? I CK because both of my Grandmothers passed away from cancer. My Grandma Jo passed away when I was 10 years old from Colon Cancer, and my Grandma Armelia died of lymphoma last August.
If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be? If I had to watch one movie for the rest of my life I would watch the movie “The Cat In the Hat” starring Mike Meyers. The reason why I would watch this movie is because my friends and I can quote the whole movie, and it’s always funny when we watch it!
If you could eat only one food during camp, what would it be? I would eat S’mores the whole time, I mean, who doesn’t want some more S’mores.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? If I could live anywhere in the world I would live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Ah, I’m just kidding! I would live in London, England because it is such a cool city and I would try and find Hogwartz while I was there!
If you could have an exotic animal for a pet, what would it be? I would have a pet Lion and take it on walks.
Where is the coolest place you’ve traveled? The summer between high school and college my family went to Sweden to go and visit family. It was so cool to see where my ancestors came from and to meet family for the first time.
If you could choose one celebrity to become a Camp Kesem Counselor, who would it be? One celebrity that I would want to be a Camp Kesem Counselor is LeBron James. It would be super cool to have him in charge of basketball during Camp. I think I would be at the basketball courts the whole time if he was a counselor, though.
Do you have a favorite camp story? One of our campers was really into Pokemon and one of the counselors, Mowgli, knew a pretty good cheat that the camper didn’t know. So, the camper would ask him about the cheat and they would talk for EASILY three hours about pokemon a day. The camper would try and figure out the cheat by asking quesitons, but Mowgli would just tell him the cheat little bit by little bit every day. So I would just walk behind them, trying to find out the cheat as well!