Meet DeSoto High School Class of 2023 Top Scholar, Class President, and Class Valedictorian Patrick Williams Jr.

Valedictorian Patrick Williams Jr.

DHS Top Scholar and Valedictorian Patrick Williams Jr. plans to attend Florida A&M University and major in Biomedical Engineering with aims to become a Biomedical Engineer and Physician. Patrick shared tht he loves to try new things. “I used to have a secret Youtube channel where I posted gameplay. I once coded and modded different games. I even made beats and rap songs at some point. Most recently, I have been making flyers and logos for different organizations.”

While at DHS, Patrick was the Senior Class President, National Honor Society President, member of the Math Honor Society, PTSA, Spanish Honor Society, and Golf.
Patrick’s most inspirational teacher was Mr. Favors.

“He was my Algebra 1 teacher in eighth grade. I feel that having an intelligent, black male teacher as a role model has been very beneficial to me as a young black male myself. Everything he did was to prepare his students for the next level. He would always talk about our future Algebra 2 teacher’s standards, and without his push, I definitely would not have been as competitive in my high school math courses. He set me up to achieve greatness in Mrs. Head and Mr. Beck-Smith’s high school math courses.”

The most memorable experience Patrick recalls participating in the Math Olympiad from fourth to seventh grade. After winning second place in the district in fourth grade and receiving constant support from my former elementary teacher, Mrs. Simmons, I grew a strong passion for mathematics. I participated in the Math Olympiad each year afterward until it was sadly canceled my eighth grade year.”

Patrick’s advice to remaining DHS students is “right before you walk into the high school doors, create an arrow to your desired final destination in your mind and simply walk in the direction the arrow is pointing. It is never a question of if you can do something. The real concern is when will it happen. As long as you make an effort to get there, in time you will arrive. You get out what you put in.”

Source: DeSoto ISD Facebook