Flogrown in the Tampa Bay area, with Texan and Ukrainian ancestry, stands 6’3” William Pledger. The Slav Squad has been home schooled his whole education journey. He took classes at co-ops or with his mom throughout elementary school. Once he got into middle school, he wanted a higher caliber learning. He started TPS in 7th grade, taking Writer’s Workshop with Mrs. Meier. Six years later, after many enjoyable classes, friends all over the world, and some late-night procrastination, he is at the top of the proverbial mountain. William finishes his TPS legacy with 31 classes, or 1846 hours, since the GP5 days. He liked all his teachers, but some that stand out in particular are Mr. Riesen, Dr. Rockholm, Mrs. K, both Crosby’s, Mr. Gilbert, and Mrs. Thomas. Outside of the classroom, William is glad to have connected with other TPSers all over the world, including legends like Kevin Yang, Joshua Ackerson, Drew Brooks, Josiah DeBoer, and Talia Jones. He also enjoyed building a presence in the community by writing for clay the past two years, serving with TPS Chapel for three, including its Lead Director this year, and being asked to co-run the TPS memes Instagram account. Will also helped organize camp 2019’s “fist revolution,” won the unofficial TPS fantasy football league this season, and taught English 1 one week when the teacher mixed his days up. Apart from TPS, Will’s high school experience has included playing baseball, volunteering over 200 hours, working as a baseball umpire, and going on a mission trip last summer to Ukraine. Looking ahead, William will attend Florida State University in the fall, planning to study cell and molecular neuroscience. His long-term goal is to become either a physician or a researcher, fulfilling his dream to help people when they need it most. He is excited to see what the distinguished class of 2020 will achieve. He charges current students to continue representing the high reputation that TPS holds. Finally, he is eternally grateful for the way TPS has prepared his educational future and he will never forget his time here.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to become a police officer because I always desired to help other people. Also the job would have included some sweet wheels.
Favorite Bible Verse:
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” – 2 Cor 5:17
This reminds me we are all fallen, no matter what the actions are. We cannot look down on anyone for what they have done. Everyone also has an equal invitation for salvation and it should remind us not to hold back in sharing our Salvation in Christ.
“We will never be far apart because we see the same sun.” – Willsdom