Duncanville High School senior William Jameson says an insatiable hunger for knowledge is what drives him, and that drive has led him to the top of his class. William is currently ranked first in his class, and was recently named a 2011 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. One of only 5,000 students to earn this distinction through scores obtained on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), William will now be referred to universities for consideration in admission and financial assistance.
Looking to further his learning after graduation from DHS, Jameson has already applied to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also plans to apply to Yale, Harvard, Boston University, and Texas A&M, and is working on seven scholarship applications. Jameson is already assured $1,000 in financial assistance – he was selected by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to receive a Hispanic Heritage Youth Award in Engineering and Mathematics. “I applied my junior year,” explained Jameson, ”and had honestly forgotten that it was still in the works. I also didn’t know that there was money attached, so I was definitely elated.” William will be honored at a reception at SMU on December 15.
While attending college is a given, Jameson isn’t sure what he’ll study. He mentioned the possibility of majoring in engineering, but also said he might follow the footsteps of his mother and become a Duncanville ISD teacher. “I credit all of my accomplishments to her. She taught me to focus on learning at a very young age.” When asked what advice he would give to other Duncanville students, William replied, “Be nice, work hard, never stop asking questions, and never give up.”
When he isn’t pursuing academics, Jameson spends his time playing the piano. He’s also a member of the Student Council, tennis team, Acapella Choir, and an Eagle Scout. “William is incredibly bright, perceptive, inquisitive, and motivated,” said DHS Counselor Diane Gawedzinski. “He’s an excellent all-around student, one of the best I have ever encountered. As a person, he is warm-hearted and humble. For example, he once told me that he ‘plays piano.’ When I was talking to the parent of another senior about something else, that parent mentioned William as a “concert-level pianist” and compared him to Van Cliburn. I’m proud of all of William’s achievements, and am eager to see where he’ll attend college. My prediction is he’ll be a great success with whatever he strives for, and make DHS look good!”