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CHS’ Williams continues family legacy, makes own path

Student body presidents - Second in a series

Posted: September 27, 2015 1:12 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Camden High School (CHS) Student Body President Carlos Williams (far right) leads fellow students in revealing the amount raised for the United Way of Kershaw County during this year’s CHS vs. Lugoff-Elgin High School football game.

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Leadership and being a part of student government runs in Carlos Williams’ blood. Williams, this year’s Camden High School (CHS) student body president, has been class president each year of high school.

“My brother was student body president, my 7th Grade year,” Williams said of his older brother who also attended CHS, “Since then, I’ve been interacting with student government and getting involved.”

Williams’ initiation into the role of student body president was a quick one thanks to an annual and much anticipated fundraiser for the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC). During the week leading up to the rival game between CHS and Lugoff-Elgin High School, both schools host fundraisers and events to raise money to donate to the UWKC. The effort is led by each of the high school’s student governments. CHS raised $22,824 this year.

“I’m really proud of our United Way week because we had it during our first week of school and that’s already a hectic week … so us raising that much money was great. We were so proud of ourselves because we did it. I feel like that has been my best achievement,” Williams said.

He said student government planned how they would fundraise before the school year even began.  

“Over the summer, we had meetings with our advisor and the other CHS class presidents. We decided what we were going to do and we separated the events for the class presidents to have their own events,” Williams said, noting they tried to spread out the responsibility so no one would be overwhelmed. 

Williams also admitted there was a bit of sibling rivalry helping to motivate him to raise money.

“We doubled my brother’s -- that was my secret goal, doubling my brother’s (achievement),” Williams said, smiling, “As the years have gone by, we have increased the amount of giving.”

With UWKC fundraising over, Williams said the next big events he’s turning his attention to is homecoming and spirit week. He hopes to increase school spirit at CHS. 

“We want to get everyone involved in having a nice time. Since it’s my senior year, I want to have the best time ever. If our spirit is good, then (students) want to come to school, we want to get involved, we want to learn. If we can get the fun part of it, then we can get the learning part of it,” Williams said.

He said a major part of being student body president is paying attention to the concerns of his fellow students. He said a student brought an issue with the men’s restroom to his attention and talked about how student government is addressing it.

“We organize events for the students to get to know each other … if someone has an issue we try to fix it,” Williams said. 

Williams is involved in numerous activities and clubs at CHS including National Honor Society, Beta Club, Key Club, CHS Athletic Training Club and Spirit Club. He also runs track and plays soccer.

Williams said his assistant track coach and student government advisor Angela Brennen is helping him to become a better leader.

“She gives me the discipline I need for track then she shows me how to use it -- the leadership and the discipline -- through student council.” Williams said. 

In addition to his involvement with track and soccer, he decided to try wrestling.

“It’s new. I figured ‘why not?’ since it’s my senior year. We’ve started conditioning and I like it so far,” he said.

As with student government, Williams has family ties with CHS wrestling. 

“My mom was the first girl wrestler at Camden High School; my cousins all wrestled. I said ‘I might as well wrestle, it’s my last year,” Williams said.  

When he graduates this year, Williams hopes to go from being a Bulldog at CHS to one at Gardner-Webb University, with the school sharing the same mascot.

“I really want to go there; that’s what I’m striving for,” he said.

Williams plans to study to be a physical therapist and is currently involved in athletic training at CHS. 

“We help with the football games and different sports. We learn physical therapy and the rehab -- I just really liked it,” he said.

When Williams graduates, he wants to leave a legacy of being a role model and an ambassador for CHS. He’s proud to let people know he goes to high school at CHS.

“My favorite thing about CHS is the community we have here. Everybody knows one another and we care for one another … we stick together and have that bond.”

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