When people think of talent, they think of things like dancing, singing or playing an instrument that seems really cool.
However, senior Travis Williams, who instead showed off his impressive Rubik’s cube abilities in the talent portion of Mr. Webster, is a little different than the rest.
Matching colored squares together isn’t the only talent Williams has been known to showcase, though. He was in choir his freshman through junior years and has been an integral part in the drama program, starring in plays like “You Can’t Take It With You,” which showed this year. Williams also likes to do blackout poetry during his free time and is trying to learn both French and harmonica.
Being an Eagle Award nominee, Williams must have a good relationship with at least a few teachers, and he does, with Nicholas Kirschman.
“I have always viewed the Eagle Award as like, the best person. The best human being that graduates here, and so that’s why I nominated Travis. I’ve only done it twice, only nominated people twice in 16 years,” Kirschman said.
About his relationship with Kirschman, Williams said, “He has been a huge support for me all four years of high school. In my freshmen confusion, sophomore angst, junior dread and senior wanderlust, Kirschman has always been there to listen and give his wise advice. He’s not perfect, but he doesn’t pretend to be. I think that’s what makes him a great role model. He’s a good man, and he tries his best. There are a lot of people who he’s helped find their place here at the school, and I’m glad I had the honor of being his student, or maybe I can say friend now.”
About his accomplishments, Williams said, “I’ve done a lot of things that I’m proud of. I mean, getting on stage, getting into colleges, and even making it through gym class were all things I was worried about going into high school, but as I go forward I hope to keep topping those achievements. Ultimately, I think I’ll always be proud of the friends I made. I know a lot of really cool people, and if they’re willing to put up with me, well I guess I did alright.”
After high school, Williams is off to pursue psychology at Brown University. About why he is, Williams said, “Humans are the most interesting, wonderful and inspiring things in the universe, and I would love to be able to work with people all the time. Whatever I do, I hope to make the world a better place. It’s the least I can do for all it’s given me.”
Whatever Travis Williams pursues, whether it be for the rest of this life or the next, he’s sure to make a lasting impact on the world, and Webster students will find it a pleasure to brag that he went to their school, not anyone else’s.