Meet William Pledger: Political Analysis Columnist

The world is a troubled place. Lies and rumors of corruption have pervaded the very air humanity breathes out, only to be twisted into some new subversion of truth and sucked back in by the masses as they grasp at whatever will soothe their itching ears. Can there be any end to this vicious cycle of uncertainty and shifting tides? One man says there can. Who can this hero be who seeks the truth and brings true objectivity to our stormy political coliseum?

Cue William Pledger, clay’s very own Political Analysis columnist. This poor brave soul has undertaken the task of weeding out biased opinions and getting to the facts about the politics of the Western world. Good luck, William.

William, a sixteen-year-old rising Junior, was born and still lives in Tampa, Florida, where he enjoys hanging out with friends, working out to maintain his dashing good looks, and playing sports—especially baseball. Truly passionate about finding the truth about world issues, he even lists debating about political issues among his favorite pastimes. Entering his fifth year with TPS, William says his favorite courses from years past have been Programming in C++, World History, and Economics, as they stimulated good discussions and still left room for plentiful laughter and fun. The class he is most looking forward to this year is AP Biology, perhaps (because what else could make someone look forward to AP Biology?) since he plans to go on to medical school and become a doctor someday.

He enjoys watching military and police movies, prefers to read biographies or stories about true events, and listens to good old-fashioned ’80s music. One of the most interesting things William has done is start a podcast talk show called “What to Say”. That is quite an undertaking, especially for someone who also has to keep up with school and a monthly Political Analysis column.

William has two sisters—one older and one younger—so, obviously, patience is one of his virtues. His favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new,” because, as William says, “our old ways are gone and we don’t have to worry about them keeping us from salvation.” William is both well-grounded and fun-loving: he says if a magical rabbit hopped onto his desk and offered him a sparkly silver acorn, he would take it, duplicate it, and plant one of them to produce a silver tree, which he would sell. If the tree never grew, he would be left with one acorn, and his practical plan would still pay off. Way to think ahead for the future, Mr. Pledger. To conclude the article, William wishes to leave the readers with a quote from U.S. General George Patton: “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” The world could truly use more leaders like William.


Quick Facts about William:

  • Meyers-Briggs Type: ESFP (The Entertainer)
  • Favorite Color: Orange
  • TPS Classes This Year: Algebra 2, English 4/5 Advanced Comp, AP Biology, Russian 2, College U.S. History, Worldviews, and World History Through Film

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