2017 Best & Brightest finalist: Will Johnson

Briarwood Academy

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School activities: Class president (freshman, junior and senior years); Fellowship of Christian Athletes; founding member of school’s first debate team; One-Act Play; spring musical; football; tennis; track and basketball.

 

Awards and honors: Valedictorian; Lois McGinty science scholarship; Junior marshal; President’s Outstanding Academic Excellence yearly since sixth grade; UGA Certificate of Merit and DAR U.S. history awards as a junior; Wofford Scholar; National Merit Commended Scholar; Presbyterian College Junior Fellow Scholar; National Honor Society.


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Community activities: Served as junior staff member at High O’Brien leadership conference 2016; tutor for Warren County school second-graders; Warrenton First United Methodist Church usher and volunteer.

College/career: Will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Of note: Will participated in the Aviation Challenge at NASA Space Center in Huntsville, Ala., in 2013-14.

From his essay: “Junior year was most influential for me because it was time for me to get serious about my future, and start acting. Plans became actions, and things got very real very quick.”

Nominator’s note: Will “sets his academic goals high and strives to achieve them with great effort and enthusiasm. … Biology, chemistry, physics and AP biology all being laboratory classes, often require a significant amount of work to be completed outside of class. Will never complains about the workload. He is happy to use any assignment as a learning tool to expand his knowledge of the subject at hand.” — Kayleigh Sheppard, Secondary science teacher, Briarwood Academy.

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