Photography by Martin Harris, BritSnap
William Haynes Large
Junior, The Montgomery Academy; 16 years old
• Class President for the last five years (elected by student body)
• Highest GPA for the last five years
“I’m looking forward to getting in a new environment and meeting new people from different places when I go to college. To be honest, I’m a bit worried about how I will do my own laundry.”
William Haynes is a born leader. Whether he’s playing football on a Friday night, competing with the Forensics Club or at a student government meeting, it seems he’s the guy people want in charge.
Currently he is serving his fifth consecutive term as class president. “I like making sure everyone’s in the know of what’s going on,” William said. What’s even more impressive is the fact William maintained the highest grade point average for his class four of the five years he served.
enjoys the challenge
As of now, William’s narrowed down his top college choices to Washington & Lee, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt. He’s considering a business or engineering major but hasn’t decided on a career path. “I’m not exactly sure what I want to do, but something that keeps me interested and challenged.”
PG (parental guidance) rating
“My parents are always encouraging me in everything I do. They help me navigate through my busy schedule and give me invaluable advice. Aside from being my parents, they’re also great friends. I can laugh and have a great time with them.”
William thrives in whatever he does, but it hasn’t been handed to him. “He works hard,” William’s dad, William Haynes Sr. said. “We’re very proud of his work ethic both on and off the field.” But William’s dad also notes that all he and his wife ask of their kids is that they try their best, and after that, it’s not up to them.
William’s mom Lynn says they also admire his character. “He’s so compassionate,” she said. “He’s constantly thinking of other people.” This care for others is something his parents have tried to teach their kids from a young age. “I hug my children every single day and tell them I love them,” Lynn said.
William Sr. believes one of the more important things he and Lynn have done is to be available for their kids. “We’re always around if they need us, and we make sure they know that,” he said.
parent to parent
“Maintain a relationship with God. Be true to yourself. Always have a little humor in your life. You’ve got to be able to laugh at yourself.”