William James is a student at Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He is in his final year of high school. James loves discussing social issues and promoting social justice because he feels that they are not discussed and addressed enough. He is passionate about feminism: the idea that men and women should be equal socially, politically, and economically. James takes leadership very seriously, and sees it something as simple as doing the thing that everyone else is afraid to do.
Since 9th grade, James has been an active member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Future Health Professionals (HOSA). This year James was inaugurated as the president of Westlake’s class of 2015. Currently he serves as the parliamentarian and head of the leadership development committee for Westlake’s FBLA chapter.
Earlier this year, in February, James started a social movement at Westlake called the Let It Go Project. The project was meant to encourage self-acceptance and tolerance among peers. The project was inspired by the Disney song, “Let It Go.”
James believes that leadership is all about doing the right thing and standing up for what is right. Being a leader is doing the very thing that people are hesitant to do. Leadership is refusing to be silent.