OHS junior leads hectic, productive life

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 5, 2012

Have you ever called Opp City Hall and gotten a young, friendly voice on the other end? Or walked into city hall to find a smiling face at the front desk?

For those who might have wondered to whom that smiling face belongs to, it’s Hannah Williams.

Williams, a junior at Opp High School, has more than a “full plate.”

The 17-year-old takes classes at OHS, takes biology in a dual enrollment class at LBWCC’s MacArthur Campus and works part-time each afternoon as the receptionist at city hall.

“I do have a hectic schedule,” she said. “But I wanted to take biology to get it over with, and I needed a job to buy my own stuff.”

Williams said she procured the job after her grandfather talked to Mayor H.D. Edgar, who incidentally attends church with her at United Memorial Methodist Church in Opp.

“I’ve learned a lot about people,” she said. “I’ve also learned how much the people need the city.”

All the public interaction is good for the teenager who aspires to one day be a lawyer.

“I’ve had the opportunity to meet the governor and legislators like Rep. Mike Jones,” she said. “I really enjoy the interaction with local residents.”

Williams said she’d like to work as a court-appointed attorney or work with the state.

“I definitely know I don’t want my own practice,” she said. “And I want to work in a big city.”

Williams plans to attend Auburn University to pursue an undergraduate degree in criminal justice or fashion merchandising before attending either the Jones School of Law in Montgomery or Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, but said she hasn’t ruled out the University of Alabama’s School of Law.

Williams said her favorite subjects are English and science, but ironically, she has a weak stomach, so medical school is out of the picture.

She also said her mom is her role model.

“She’s hardworking and definitely puts her family first,” she said.

Williams is a Highest Honor student at OHS, and is the daughter of Leigh Williams and Matt and Jenny Williams.