RHS Mourns Loss of Senior Student


Senior William Camut, known by friends, family and the Rockville community as Billy, was a kind-hearted and selfless individual. He was 17 years old and only 19 days away from his 18 birthday.
On Nov. 28, Camut lost his battle to brain cancer after a 16-month long fight. He is survived by his father, security team leader Bert Camut, his mother, Cathy Camut, and his twin brother, Albert Camut III.
Camut was first diagnosed with brain cancer in the summer of 2014. It only recently progressed to Glioblastoma stage four brain cancer in early November. According to the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA), Glioblastomas (GBM) is the most aggressive form of brain cancer which derives from astrocytes, star-shaped cells in the supportive tissue of the brain.
However, even through this tough time, Camut stayed strong and happy.
“No matter what he was going through he always seemed to have a smile,” IT Systems Specialist and close friend of the Camut family, Jennifer Lomax said. “I did a photoshoot with him a few weeks back and even though he was tired and in pain, he managed to have a smile in every single picture. He had such a good heart and was so kind and loving. He was one of a kind for sure.”
With the close relationship Lomax had with the Camut family and personal experiences she had with other victims of cancer, she felt the urge to help the family. This prompted her to create a GoFundMe page to help the family raise money for Billy’s treatments and funeral. As of Dec. 7, 107 people have donated $9,350 toward the $10,000 goal.
Camut began his MCPS education at Meadow Hall Elementary and soon went onto Earle B. Wood MS where he joined Boy Scout Troop 457 while he was in the sixth grade. On Oct. 1, Camut was named an Eagle Scout, the highest advancement ranking in boy scouting, a long time goal of his.
“BIlly was enthusiastic about all the things we did,” senior and Boy Scout member Aidan McGovern said. “There are many years of preparation and work to achieve the rank of an Eagle Scout and it is really admirable that he was able to achieve that.”
During his sophomore year, Camut discovered a new hobby that kept him busy on the days he missed school. With the one-on-one help of former RHS cooking teacher Jason Lomax, Camut became fond of cooking and baking.
Though he was a good Scout and cook, Camut will be remembered by junior Sean Uslanian as a great friend.
“We would argue about silly things, play video games with each other and we would compete, but always end up tying somehow,” Uslanian said. “It was always fun to be around him a�� I want people to remember him as that one person we should always strive to be more like.”