Autistic Fargo Student Received Award Honors With ‘I can do it’ Attitude

Kameron Knoll, who has a part time job at West Acres Cinema, has been named Youth Advocate of the Year by the Freedom Resource Center. Dave Wallis / The Forum

FARGO—A student who just wrapped up an advanced placement biology class, a volunteer position, holds down several part-time jobs and is planning for college in the fall has received an award for being an inspiration to others.


Kameron Knoll, who has a form of autism, was recently named 2016 Youth Advocate of the Year by Freedom Resource Center, a disability rights organization here. Knoll, 20, searched for words to describe what the honor meant to him.

“Kinda fun, a little different,” Knoll said. “I guess you could say it’s an achievement.”

“Kam,” as friends and family call him, graduated from Fargo Davies High School in 2014 and soon became part of Project inVEST, which stands for vocational, educational, skills and transition.

The special education program of Fargo Public Schools helps students ages 18 to 21 learn to live on their own after graduation. Their classroom at Agassiz is essentially a one-bedroom apartment. Freedom Resource Center provides one of its core services, independent living skills, to inVEST.

Kam completed the program, along with his AP course, last week.

“The final exam was a breeze,” he said about the biology class.

Deb Mattson, instructor with Project inVEST, first met Kam at Davies.