Johnathan "JWill" Williams joins SES staff
Most 16-year-olds are confused.
They find themselves in the upper levels of high school still sifting through who they are as a person and what they want to achieve with their lives. The typical 16-year-old barely knows how to operate an automobile, much less what career path to choose.
Johnathan Williams, however, is not your typical 16-year-old.
The rising-junior at South Panola High School became the newest member of the SES Mississippi staff on Wednesday. With previous and current experience as an intern at The Panolian newspaper, Williams has a heart for sports journalism that is stronger than most, one that is rooted in his family.
"It all started when my dad decided to return to journalism after he was offered a job by OleHottyToddy.com about four years ago and worked his way up to The Local Voice and eventually Rebel Nation Magazine," Williams said. "At the age of 12, I was so inspired by what he was doing that I began writing articles for him to read, and he loved them."
Williams came naturally to his love for high school football after being exposed to it at a young age.
"Growing up going to South Panola, it's hard not to admire football," Williams said. "But I started getting interested when I attended my first high school football game around 2011 and saw former five-star recruit Tony Conner create havoc on the field. He is a big reason why I love high school football. He was just so talented and, being a kid, in some ways, I looked up to him even though I didn't know him personally."
As far as journalism goes, Williams' favorite part has to do with the human element and the connections journalists make throughout their careers.
"[My favorite part is] definitely interviewing people," Williams said. "It's very interesting to put yourself into other people's shoes and see what they have experienced."
Williams admits that when he was approached with this opportunity to work with SES Mississippi that he was apprehensive at first, but ultimately decided to take a leap of faith and pursue what he loves.
"When I first heard that SES Mississippi was interested in me, I was very excited and shocked," Williams said. "I've followed SES Mississippi for some time now, and it actually helped me do a better job of keeping up with high school sports. I was a bit nervous considering how well-known SES Mississippi is, but I realized that if I was nervous, that means that I really care. It was a definite yes for me."
Be sure to keep up with Johnathan's work this fall here at SESMississippi.com, and follow him on Twitter at @JWillSES.
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