At Andover High School in Massachusetts, William Heikkinen was an honor roll student and a skilled football player, which made him quite attractive to colleges. When looking for players to recruit, colleges want students who have done well, not only in their chosen sport, but in school and life, too.
One of Will’s volunteer efforts really paid off for some elementary students. A group of seniors from Andover High, including Will, went to Robert L. Frost Elementary School to help students who were struggling by tutoring and mentoring them.
William and his classmates’ commitment to this volunteer venture was a positive one for all involved. Not only did the elementary teachers see a positive impact on the children’s academic achievements, but as a bonus, they saw an increase in the students’ self-esteem and confidence which was very important for these students.
Each high school senior volunteer received a letter of commendation from the principal of the school thanking him/her for their contributions to the students, the teachers, and the school. It turned out to be an affirmative experience for all involved.
Considering his good grades and time spent volunteering, Will’s football achievements are equally impressive:
- Lettered in football all three years
- Lettered in track and field
- Named First Team All-State by The Boston Globe and Boston Herald (after recording 72 catches for 1,175 yards and 9 touchdowns his senior year)
- Selected to the All-Merrimack Valley Conference
- Named Student Athlete of the Month by the Eagle-Tribune Andover’s local newspaper.
- Finished his high school football career with 126 catches for 1,960 yards
- Seven career interceptions on defense
Heikkinen is currently a freshman at Brown University, an Ivy League School. Just as in high school, you can bet he will be driven excel in academics as well as his chosen sport. He is certainly a player to watch.