Greenbrier High School senior Jesse Williamson knew early in his education what career path he’d take.
“Pretty much about middle school is when I started thinking I wanted to go into medicine,” said Williamson.
The 18-year-old hopes to become a nurse practitioner, focusing on psychology.
Williamson was named the school’s STAR Student with an SAT score of 2190 out of 2400 on one testing.
“I got a perfect score on reading that day, too,” Williamson said.
Williamson named his AP biology teacher Dr. William Fowler his STAR Teacher.
“I’m honored that Jesse would choose me,” Fowler said, adding that Williamson always seems to enjoy the class. “But you just don’t know. You hope you have a positive impact. It’s also nice to hear.”
Williamson said he very much enjoys Fowler’s class, the second he’s had with the DNA scientist, serologist and former head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.
Though he struggled slightly in the beginning of the class, Fowler said Williamson worked hard and achieved a rare feat in the class – a perfect test score.
“There’s a lot of teachers who are good teachers and know what they are talking about,” Williamson said. “Dr. Fowler, he knows everything there is to know that we need to know and he can convey it in a way that makes you interested in it.”
Williamson’s interests extend far beyond the biology lab. He also enjoys his band involvement and AP literature class.
He’s the captain of the Greenbrier marching band, where he also plays trumpet and French horn. He also plays guitar as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of the worship team and the group at The Sanctuary church, where he also plays guitar in the Praise Band.
“He has many interests,” Fowler said. “When a student gets lots of interests, they excel at all of them. Students make time to do things they love and enjoy.”
Williamson said he’s already been accepted to the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina, and will likely head to Athens in the fall.