William Pledger
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Meet the Staff: William Pledger, Science and Technology Columnist

Ladies and gentlemen, today I would like to introduce to you William Pledger, your new Science and Technology Columnist! William, a 17-year-old rising senior in his sixth year of TPS, will be taking Physics, PreCalculus, Russian 3/4, College Western Civilization, English 5/6 American Literature, and Theology. He most looks forward to Physics, stating, “My mom was terrible at it, but her dad was the dean of it at a university, so hopefully I inherited the good genes!” Science has always been one of his favorite subjects and he has always found technology fascinating. Therefore, he felt that writing for the Science and Tech column would be a good way to better explore those two areas. William actually worked as clay’s Political Analyst last year, and says he “thoroughly enjoyed being able to express [his] interest in politics with others in an informative way.”

During his free time, William enjoys following and playing sports, especially baseball. Other interests of his include playing piano and guitar, hanging out with friends, playing chess (or other mental games), and watching TV shows. Some of his favorite shows include MacGyver, NCIS, and The Office, – a true classic. On the other hand, his most-loved book and movie are Fahrenheit 451 and They Live, respectively. When it comes to food, he most enjoys steak, though “any BBQ hits the spot” for him. When asked about his favorite TPS-related memory, he brings up the time at TPS camp this past year when he and Drew Brooks organized a “flash mob singing of Country Roads in the dining hall one evening”. 

After high school, William plans to go to college and finish in hopefully less than 4 years, achieve his EMT certification,  and then apply to medical school. He also expresses an interest in joining the military for a few years. His favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17, which says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” A quote by George Patton, which reads “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking,” is particularly meaningful to him. 

Finally, William has some advice for anyone who wishes to join clay. He calls it a great opportunity that everyone should look into, especially since it is a good way to interact with other TPS students outside of class. We look forward to reading William’s great articles this year! 


  1. Almost heaven, West Virginia!

    Come to Kansas my guy and we’ll get some real BBQ. Good luck this year, especially in Western Civ ?

    (But not good luck in the fantasy league bc i’m bringing home the championship ring this year