by Gina Greco
Town of Webb senior, James Carnell, 17, started at the Town of Webb school, from the Inlet Common school, in the seventh grade.
He has lived in Inlet all his life.
James said he has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a chef in the Old Forge area.
“My dad has been a chef most of his life—I guess it rubbed off on me,” he said.
He started working at The Big Moose Inn when he was 14 years old.
James said his favorite teacher is Mr. Cunningham.
“He creates a fun atmosphere in all his classes,” he said.
James said his favorite class is Economics with Mr. Kinney.
“It’s our first period class. He’s friendly, not loud, and doesn’t make us do a ton of work at the beginning of the day,” he said.
He plays soccer and basketball, both on Webb teams and in his spare time.
“Basketball is definitely my favorite,” he said.
James is a member of Key Club.
Outside of school, James said that he works on weekends sometimes, and does some chores and activities around the house, including shoveling—which kept him pretty rested this winter.
“Playing sports is my number one hobby,” he said.
His parents are Anne and Kent Carnell.
“My mom works at Clark’s Beach Motel cleaning rooms, and my dad is the cook at the Raquette Lake Tap Room,” he said.
James has one older sister, Sara, that graduated from Webb in 2014, and a younger sister, Kendra, who is also a student at Webb school.
“My father influenced me the most; he definitely has taught me a lot,” he said.
James said he plans to start his cooking career by finding a job in the area this summer.
He is looking forward to graduation in the spring.
“I’m ready to move on with my life, start cooking and get out into the real world,” he said.