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New HCC student president strives to be 'a Renaissance man'

August 30, 1999

William JonesBy ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer

Don't call him a "pretty boy."

William D. Jones, 19, might have smooth movie-star looks, but there is more to the Hagerstown Community College sophomore than the "glazed-over part," he says.

The artistic stargazer relishes knowledge, respects diversity and strives to become as well-rounded as he can be, said Jones, who was elected the college's Student Government Association president for the 1999-2000 school year.

"I want to be a Renaissance man," he said. "I want to be able to have a conversation about everything from Paris to car engines."


Some people mistake his introspective nature for aloofness, but the 1998 Clear Spring High School graduate said he seeks to understand life through quiet observation.

"I'm like a sponge," said Jones, who lives near Hagerstown. "I soak up everything around me."

His knack for understanding others will strengthen his role as a student leader - a post which past involvement in student government bolstered his confidence to obtain, Jones said.

He served as the SGA president at Clear Spring High during his junior year and was a member of the Youth Government while attending Berkeley Springs High School in West Virginia.

Jones said his coach on HCC's track and cross country teams encouraged him to run for student council, and he wants to make this term "the best one yet."

"There's a big push on this year to increase student participation," he said.

Jones said a focal point of his leadership at SGA will be strengthening communication between the council and the student body.

"We want to make sure that we know what the students need," he said. "I would like to accomplish everything we say we're going to accomplish."

Jones doesn't take his leadership role for granted. He doesn't take much of anything for granted, he said.

While a high school freshman, his best friend committed suicide. Three years later, Jones narrowly escaped death in an accident that demolished his car, he said.

Those experiences reinforced his faith in God and "sent the trivial things into outer space," he said.

"I think it's important to live each day to the fullest," said the Oak Ridge Pool lifeguard who is weighing his options for his future.

"I want to wake up every morning doing something that I love," he said.

It may be writing poetry, sketching with charcoal, stargazing, walking through fields of flowers, studying psychology, working out or just visiting with friends.

The direction his life will take isn't yet clear, but Jones said he isn't worried.

"Everything will fall into place."

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