Tucker Williamson is the kind of student everyone seems to know – and for good reason.
He’s been active in local, state and national politics, volunteering for campaigns from a county commission race to the presidency.
And his contributions also echo at East Hall High School, where he will graduate this month.
Tucker’s involvement with the school spirit team, for example, helped raise over $500 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta last fall during a T-shirt fundraising campaign.
It’s his dedication to giving back that is now pushing him forward.
Tucker will enroll at the University of Georgia this fall semester.
“It’s going to be a little weird at first, but I think it’ll be good in the end,” he said. “I’m excited to get involved on campus.”
There’s no rest for the weary, though. No summer off for Tucker.
He will intern this summer at a Gainesville law office and plans to continue working for local, congressional and presidential political campaigns, an interest sparked during the 2016 election.
“I want to help people, and I see government as a great way to do that,” Tucker said.
“That’s what really makes me want to get involved.”
Tucker said he doesn’t mind the grunt work of knocking on doors or making calls to get out the vote, but he hopes to contribute his social media savvy in future campaigns.
He intends to study political science at UGA with an emphasis on pre-law. He credits his family with stirring his interest in politics and supporting his volunteer efforts.
“They taught me the value of voting and what it means,” he said.
Tucker said he hopes to be a good role model for his younger brother and sister to “show them what hard work can do.”
Neither of his parents were able to attend college straight out of high school, Tucker said, and his family is “super-excited” about his plans.
“I’ll be one of the first in my family to do that,” he added.
The values Tucker lives are grounded in his active involvement in church, he said, as well as the time he spends on the fairway lengths.
He spent four years playing for the varsity golf squad at East Hall.
“That’s been a big part,” he said. “It does help you keep grounded. It’s about the people you meet along the way, too.”