William was born in 2003 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a city where he has spent most of his life in. When he was less than a year old, William bounced between China and the US, before finally settling down at the Lyndon School in West Roxbury, where he currently resides. Throughout his elementary school career, he was able to meet and learn with a diverse population of students, having moved to the Baker School in Brookline in 2nd grade, and ultimately to the Jackson School in Newton during 5th grade. Despite switching schools every few years, William solidified his passion for making new friends and associating with new people everyday. Always an extrovert, he was elected to his elementary school’s student councils, making sure that his classmate’s voices were heard. At home, William developed a love for music, practicing the piano almost every day while also joining his school choirs. By the time he entered Boston Latin School in 7th grade, he had already played some of Beethoven’s sonatas, Chopin’s nocturnes, and other notable works. At BLS, William continued to pursue his passions in music, joining many of the school’s choirs while being the school’s piano accompanist. In freshman year, he took the incentive of joining BLS Crew, and now is a Varsity rower for the 1V shell. In his extracurricular activities, William found a new love in discussing current events at Model UN and Junior States of America. After volunteering on multiple political campaigns and running a few of his own, William knew that he wanted to serve the American public as a career, whether it be through politics or through volunteering. When he heard about the Ward Fellowship in the midst of the COVID Pandemic, William knew that he had to apply for a chance to learn more about public service. Already serving as the Deputy Director of Workforce and Economic Development at the Mayor’s Youth Council of Boston, and having founded a nonprofit tutoring service, William strives to gain more experience in helping his community. Recently, he was also selected as one of two representatives of Massachusetts Boys State to attend Boys Nation, a national program that encourages public service and youth advocacy. He continues to search for opportunities to serve his community to today.
By partaking in the Ward Fellowship, William hopes to gain valuable experience in the public service sector. Serving as a project manager under Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeff Riley, he wants to learn more about how the government engages with citizens and how the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education operates.