Meet William Moen

William Moen

William Moen

By Joan Frances –

William P. Clements High School is one of the most prestigious schools in Fort Bend Independent School District. The school is the third best comprehensive public school in Texas and has a reputation for  highly qualified teachers, a diversified curriculium and a graduating class with top scholarship offers. One senior who has achieved an impressive resumé is William Moen.

William has taken Advanced Placement classes most of his high school career. He has excelled at the Scholastic Aptitude Tests and American College Testing and has earned 12 collegiate credit hours. He received the Academic Excellence and Citizenship Award and lettered in academics.

One value William lives by is courage. He said, “We face the challenge of showing courage on a daily basis. I can observe different forms of courage every day in someplace as simple as school. There is an aspect of intellectual courage, emotional courage and moral courage. Most importantly, how can somebody be a leader without courage? Aristotle even understood the importance of courage, naming it the first virtue.”

William has been a member of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training for all four years of high school. He is the executive officer of his unit and the Interim Color Guard Commander. He commanded the Color Guard to the Area 10 State Competition for the 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and now, the 2015-2016 school year. He was also the Bravo Platoon Senior Chief, Varsity Academics and Color Guard Team Commander. William graduated from basic leadership training and the leadership academy and won first place in marksmanship. He received the Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Award for leadership and  was also bestowed the Military Officer’s Association America’s Award for showing great aptitude as an officer of the armed forces.

William Moen participated in Wreaths Across America, a program that honors fallen troops.

William Moen participated in Wreaths Across America, a program that honors fallen troops.

When asked why being a leader is so fulfilling to him, William said, “A leader’s true goal is to have others succeed. Leaders do not lead for self-gain but to see the team earn great achievements.  The overwhelming feeling I experienced when one of my cadets earned an award, got recognized or simply did something that wasn’t asked of them is summed up in one word – pride. My own notoriety will always come second to the fulfillment of my followers’ needs and wants.”

William is also a member of the Latin club and competed in the Junior Classic League in Roman and Greek History. Recently, he was admitted to the National Latin Honor Society.

When asked about the one thing he treasures most about his high school experience, William said, “More than anything, I will treasure the amazing people I have met along my journey. It’s these relationships built on compassion, trust and devotion that I will always treasure. The countless road trips, afternoon meet-ups, torturous school days and after-school practices will always be etched in my brain because of the wonderful community of friends that I have.”

During his time outside of school, William is engaged in Episcopal Youth Community where he leads youth group once a month. He has donated over 300 hours of community service through Clements, NJROTC and his church. He also leads worship service with Greatwood Retirement & Assisted Living twice every month. William volunteers at many other organizations and attends church mission trips.

William plans to attend the University of South Carolina and major in economics. Additionally, William will enroll in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, which will provide him with a minor in naval science. Congratulations William on your undeniable leadership qualities and commitment to making this world a better place to live, and good luck in your future endeavors.