Mason Lives and Learns Through Great Loss

2020-07-29T09:32:35-04:00 April 21st, 2020|

April 21, 2020 The rough streets of Northwest Baltimore can cripple the dreams of even the most high-achieving teenagers. Tichon Johnson, a top scoring high school student, carried the emotional scars of losing a beloved uncle to gunfire and his best friend, dying the same way. The two tragedies caught up to Tichon during his [...]

A Williamson Legacy – Three Times Over

2020-04-20T13:43:25-04:00 March 31st, 2020|

March 31, 2020 Just a few weeks after starting their freshman semester at Williamson, the Kimp triplets received a phone call from their mother. They learned that their father had passed away after a long illness. Their mother wanted them home, with family.  Such news could have altered - if not disrupted - their college [...]

Carpentry Senior Finds a Support Structure at Williamson

2020-04-20T13:40:17-04:00 March 10th, 2020|

March 10, 2020 Patrick Kiely 2W0 has lined up a secure job after graduation, won a national award for soccer, and made Dean’s List the past three semesters. His college successes, however, belie the reality of a difficult home life. Since age 12, Patrick has been living with his three sisters in a house with [...]

Williamson Helps Hort Student ‘Grow’ Career Opportunities

2020-04-20T13:39:03-04:00 February 18th, 2020|

February 18, 2020 Living on a rural pastor’s salary required the Johnsons, a family of 10 children, to watch their pennies. They lived simply in the church parsonage. Their son Joshua understood his family had no money for extras. “We had everything we needed,” Josh recalls, “but there were never many Christmas presents. I always [...]

Machine Shop Senior is Williamson’s Very Own ‘Renaissance Student’

2020-04-20T13:37:56-04:00 February 10th, 2020|

February 10, 2020 Senior Machinist Joseph Galbraith comes from a long line of educators. His parents, grandparents, and “too-many-to-name” aunts and uncles all held degrees. But when Joe finished his high school studies, he felt his own education was out of reach. His parents were struggling to raise five kids on one salary and couldn’t [...]

Williamson Helps Aigars Panzer Keep His Promise

2020-04-28T14:08:53-04:00 January 15th, 2020|

January 15, 2020 Aigars Panzer made a promise to his birth mother when she visited him in an orphanage in the Eastern European country of Latvia. Days before, he had considered running away, but now he vowed to her that he would always take care of his brothers. That commitment to his brothers endured through [...]

Torres’ Life Mirrors His ‘Miracle Spiral Staircase’ With No Center Support Beam

2020-04-20T13:36:01-04:00 May 2nd, 2017|

May 2, 2017 For several months, Luis Torres has been building a spiral staircase with no center support beam. The project is difficult and when he looks at it he gets a strong feeling of pride. Maybe this is because he sees the similarities between his staircase project and his own life — both are [...]