Words by Jenny Lynn Davis | Images by Justin Hunter
Cordova High School senior Canon Williams was recently honored for his remarkable achievements during the school’s Senior Class Awards Day on May 15. Canon’s unwavering dedication to learning and leadership has earned him an outstanding total of approximately $179,200 in college scholarships.
Numerous esteemed institutions, including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Jacksonville State University, and The University of North Alabama, recognized Canon’s exceptional abilities and awarded him scholarships. Additionally, community-based organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, Walker County Youth Leadership Development, and the Walker County Education Retirees Association acknowledged his accomplishments.
With a clear vision of his future in education, Canon has set his sights on Jacksonville State University, where he plans to pursue a degree in secondary education, focusing on science. His ultimate ambition is to become a middle school science teacher, aiming to inspire and shape the minds of future generations.
When discussing his aspirations, Canon expressed his passion for teaching middle school science, emphasizing the unique connection he feels with students of that age group.
He stated, “Middle schoolers are fantastic, they’re at this really fun stage where they see you as both a teacher and someone they can kind of crack jokes with and be comfortable around, and I think that balance is really nice.”
Throughout his high school journey, Canon actively engaged in various student organizations, effectively showcasing his leadership skills and his dedication to making a positive impact on the school community. Furthermore, he devoted his time to contributing to the local community through his roles at Belk in the Jasper Mall and Paper Places bookshop downtown.
When asked about his commitment to education and strong work ethic, Canon attributed his perseverance to his upbringing and challenges.
He explained, “My upbringing wasn’t ideal, and there were a lot of situations that had the power to hinder me. Going to school, even on days I didn’t want to, was always an escape and a place where I felt like I could take on anything. My teachers helped me realize what it means to work hard and make a difference in my life. Now I want to make a difference in the lives of others by imparting that wisdom and empowering the next generation of students.”
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Canon on his exceptional achievements and wish him the best as he embarks on this new chapter in his life. WL