Senior, Wesleyan School
Meticulous, desire to improve and a clever sense of humor is how others describe him. Observant, caring and witty are the three words Dunwoody resident William Lee used to describe himself. During his few years in high school, he has served as an assistant coach for the Wynterhall Warriors Swim Team in Dunwoody, volunteer at Camp You-B-You and a crew chief, at the age of 15, for Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America’s largest national high adventure camp.
“For two weeks of hiking in the high desert in New Mexico, the crew chief is responsible for assigning all work, keeping track of campsites, water availability, and more,” said his mother, Kate Lee. “To have your entire crew select you for that role speaks to maturity and respect.”
When asked what led him to volunteer with Camp You-B-You, a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta summer camp offered through the Marcus Autism Center that provides social skills building for children ages 5 to 12 with high-functioning autism and related disorders, William said the organization is always in need of male counselors, due to the higher percentage of male children with autism. “I enjoyed the opportunity and would do it again,” he said.
William is a well-rounded student, exceling in academics and sports. He is captain of the school’s varsity boys’ cross country and varsity swim teams — elected by his peers this season due in part to his exemplary character, strong work ethic, and proven record of success as the top breaststroker on the boys’ team. He is a two-time state finalist for cross country, a state champion in both cross country and swimming, and a state qualifier in individual and relay swimming events.
“As a member of our 2012 state championship swim team and a three-time individual qualifier for the state meet, William is undoubtedly a great high school swimmer. But his importance to our team goes beyond performance,” says Kevin Kadzis, AP U.S. History teacher and Wesleyan High School swimming and water polo coach. “As his AP U.S. History teacher, I learned that William approaches his academic endeavors with the same intensity as his athletic and other extracurricular activities.”
He also said that William leads by example, is known for his sharp focus, and can always be counted on to perform at his best when it matters the absolute most.
William is the recipient of the prestigious Yale Book Award, an award presented by the Yale Alumni Association to high school juniors who demonstrate outstanding personal character and intellectual promise, and was also named Top Male 2014 for Wesleyan High School. He is looking at colleges with a reputation and history of similar integrity: University of Georgia, University of Virginia, Southern Methodist University and Tulane University, to name a few.
William has not fully decided what or where he will study, but he would like to pursue an education integrating his interests in Political Science and Chemistry. One of William’s future career goals is to make a positive impact on health care reform and policy.
This article was written by Elizabeth Lamar, a student at Riverwood International Charter School.