PREP SPORTS: ‘Good Hope will always have a special place in my heart’: Good Hope senior Bonnie Williams reflects on high school career

Good Hope’s Bonnie Williams with her parents Wes and Lori. (Courtesy of Bonnie Williams)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. — In this interview, I talked to Good Hope senior Bonnie Williams. She shared some of her best memories during her time at Good Hope and she was a part of some great clubs as well. She learned so much while being in those clubs and that has helped her become the person that she is today.

“One of my favorite memories at Good Hope would have to be winning the Cullman County Track Championship back-to-back for my senior year. I loved making memories with all the sweet girls who helped contribute to the wins. My overall favorite memory happened during my junior year. I drew coach Drew Adams a portrait of himself, and he hung it on his wall for the entire year,” Williams said. “I was in the NHS, Pep Club, FCCLA, and Leo Club. I loved the bonds everyone made through sharing the love of helping others and volunteering our time to those less fortunate. I learned about how important teamwork is and how it is crucial when accomplishing goals, working with the public, and how giving respect to others is how you earn respect from others and for yourself. I have more self-respect and respect for others as I saw people facing obstacles and dealing with the cards they have been dealt. It gave me a sense of caring as well.”

Bonnie was on the track team for six years and was a cheerleader for two years; she took away so much from everyone on the track team and on the cheerleading squad as well.

“On the track team, I learned about how improving yourself can help benefit the team as well as boosting your self-confidence and your self-esteem. During my time on the cheerleading squad, I learned how working with a team and having the same mindset is crucial when working towards one main goal,” Williams said. “I learned from my teammates on the track team that it is good to have a team standing behind you and cheering for you for all of your events, making it possible for everyone to believe in themselves and make their goals become a reality. What I learned from the coaches is that you need someone who cares for how you do and your well-being as much as you do. It is crucial to have someone who pushes you as well as show how proud they are of you.”

She added,

“One of my favorite cheerleading memories would have to be when we stayed at the University of Alabama for cheer camp. We made life-long friends with girls I still talk to to this very day. We would share rooms and play games together, creating a bond that will last a lifetime. What I learned from my teammates is that you have to support each other, no matter what, to accomplish the main goal. What I learned from the coaches is that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you grow as a person and learn how to avoid them in the future.”

Bonnie took away some things during her time at Good Hope. She also talked about what made it a special place to go to and what she’ll miss the most about going there.

“I learned that it is alright to step out of your comfort zone and make new friends,” Williams said. “Good Hope will always have a special place in my heart. It is like a second home to me. I feel safe and embraced by all the faculty and administrators. All of the staff have been warm and caring towards all of the students. I will miss the people that have made me into the young lady I am today. They are a great foundation to any young boy or girl to start their path into becoming young adults.”

Bonnie gave some advice to those students that will be starting high school in August. She talked about one of her favorite memories during her time in Pep Club, plus what she will remember the most about going to Good Hope.

“I would say participate in all the student activities and extracurriculars that you can because that is where you will make life-long friends and memories you will never forget. You don’t realize how fast the four years will go by until you are ready to graduate, so make the most out of your high school experience,” she said. “I loved making signs in Pep Club because it let my creativity flow and we always had good laughs when a sign didn’t turn out as planned. I will remember all the laughs and good times that we had. We managed to put aside our differences to accomplish our main goal of graduating together.”

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