Monday Spotlight: Perfect scores for Central’s Woodward

Central High School senior William Woodward III, 17, of Maurertown walks outside Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown recently. Woodward, a dual enrolled student, just missed receiving a perfect score on his ACT by a single point in English. Rich Cooley/Daily

Editor’s note: Monday Spotlight is a new weekly feature highlighting Northern Shenandoah Valley youth and their accomplishments. 

MAURERTOWN – Accomplished Central High School senior has received three perfect Advanced Placement scores and missed a perfect ACT score by 1 point.

William Woodward III, 17, of Maurertown, will earn his associate’s degree in applied science from Lord Fairfax Community College in May before graduating from Central High School and the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School in June.

“I’m so fascinated by all the fields of the sciences,” Williams said.

He took the college credits to prepare him for future college work after graduating high school and to limit the time he will need to spend in college. He expects to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in two years.

“I always just had an intense desire to learn as much as I can and to understand the world and make connections between the processes of the world,” he said.

The work he has done in high school has prepared him for a heavy workload in college science courses and has solidified his love of science.

William became an AP scholar after receiving three perfect Advanced Placement test scores in biology, calculus and U.S. government. He said he took courses for biology and calculus, but wasn’t able to take government, so he read the book on his own and aced the exam.

“I’m very proud of it,” he said. “I’m very happy to have gotten those [scores]. More so, it makes me feel good knowing that I’ve learned the content.”

He also received two perfect scores on two sections of the ACT and only missed a perfect score by 1 point in English.

After a dual enrollment course in 10th grade, he learned to critically analyze at the college level.

“I really enjoyed the challenges and opportunities in that course so I decided to keep pursuing that path,” he said about why he entered the  upper level courses.

William has been attending the Massanutten Governor’s School for two years and will earn his advanced diploma from Central High School in June.

He has been on the academic team at the high school for the last three years, a member of the National Honor Society for 11th and 12th grades and has helped tutor students when asked by teachers and guidance counselors. William also has a 4.5 grade point average is an all A honor roll students throughout his high school career.

William thanks his teachers in Shenandoah County, such as Holly Sheffield, Susan Fream, Rachel Webb and Sherri Jarrett, who have helped guide him in the right direction and encouraged him to follow his passion for science and learning.

He hopes to attend a university in the area because he likes the atmosphere at a smaller school where the professors know their students’ names and can create one-on-one relationships that will have a greater impact on learning.

He is considering schools such as Shenandoah University, James Madison University, Bridgewater College and Eastern Mennonite University.

A career in the biology or biochemistry field is his ultimate goal, but he is open to a job in a related science profession.

He also plans to obtain a master’s degree following the completion of his bachelor’s degree.

He said for anyone thinking about taking upper level courses, such as Advanced Placement or dual enrollment, they need to make sure to enjoy themselves most of all.

“Enjoy the content,” he said. “Take time to really enjoy the work you’re doing with the classes. It can be challenging. There are certainly going to be times when it’s a difficult schedule and the workload may seem insurmountable, but it’s very rewarding.”

He added that another advantage to taking dual enrollment courses is the cost difference between taking the course in high school and waiting until after graduating. Taking courses in high school is much cheaper and college skills can be learned ahead of time.

“It’s a worthwhile challenge,” he said.

He added that he spent about 2 1/2 hours on weeknights studying, and about six to seven over weekends to get his work done.

“I’ve certainly put a lot of time into this,” he said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com