William was born to a single mother in California. When Will was very young he and his mother traveled with a circus. While the circus was in Oregon, Will's mom became involved with drugs and abandoned Will. As a toddler Will was found wandering the streets alone, and was subsequently placed into foster care. Though sad to leave his mother, he was grateful to be in foster care. Will went to live with his aunt and uncle in CA in 1997 and has been there since. Will struggled in school and his aunt couldn't help him due to language barriers. He ended up attending an alternative high school in Temecula, CA, an environment where Will thrived. In March 2009 Will graduated. He recently spoke at a meeting regarding the benefits of alternative school, and as a result the decision was made to not cut funding for the school. Will is planning to attend a community college close to where he lives. His goals in life are to make guitars, own a guitar store, and be in charge of scheduling musical conferences. Will loves music is a very gifted and talented singer and musician. He is in leadership at his church's youth group and loves it. He is a very humble and grateful young man; he knows where he came from, the people that helped him get to this good place in life.
Team(s) or Cohort(s)
2009 Outstanding Young Leaders