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2012 Scholars

Nickolas Clayton Willis

Nickolas Clayton Willis


Classification: Sophomore
Graduation Year: 2016
College: Bauer School of Business
High School: Tarkington High School
Hometown: Cleveland, TX

About Me

I am the fourth of six children in my family, and the second of four boys. I grew up in a household where academics were very important (my mom was a teacher and both of my parents are very intelligent) and inter-sibling competition was fierce. I, along with my other siblings, believed that everything was a contest, and I carried this over to school. I tried to top everything that my siblings had done before me, whether that be scores on TAAS tests, TAKS tests, AP tests, or grades in general. This lead me to read, to study, and to treat school like it wasn’t some boring place where you had to sit and learn- it was a field of play, and I wanted to be the best at it. This competition drove me to compete in UIL Athletics and UIL Academics, and I strove to be at the top of whatever my endeavor at the time might be. I was the captain and MVP of the basketball team my senior year, a two-time All-District selection, I graduated first in my class, and competed at the state level in UIL Academics. I am interested in all sorts of games- sports, card games, board games, anything where there is a winner and a loser, because in these activities I can exercise my competitive nature. When I am not actively competing, however, I am actually a very laid back person. I like to just “chill”, I enjoy puns and getting into a “battle of wits” with others, and I like to be with a small circle of friends and family. I also love being active and involved with my church. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the blessings and gifts that God has given me, and I like giving back to the people and community that have given to me.

Campus and Community Involvement

I was a member of Beta Club in high school, a volunteer and leadership organization for students that excel academically. I did many different volunteer works through Beta and through my church over the course of my high school days. I played six years of school sports, starting in the seventh grade all the way through my senior year of high school. I played baseball, basketball, and football for my school, though basketball was the only sport I played all six years. I was involved in many different extra-curricular activities at my school and church, including multiple events in UIL Academics, Beta Club (as I already mentioned), Student Council, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and Project Graduation 2012. I am not currently involved in any organizations in Houston, because I haven’t moved in yet, but I plan on participating in (and officiating) intramural sports, as well as being involved with the on-campus BSM.

Awards and Honors

During my tenure in high school, I qualified for and competed at the State UIL competition for Spelling and Vocabulary and was named Most Outstanding in English, Math, and Spanish at my school’s senior awards banquet. I graduated valedictorian of my class and was an honor and distinguished graduate. I also qualified to be an AP scholar for the grades I received on multiple AP exams. Athletically, I was a multiple All-District selection in basketball, and was named the team captain and team MVP. Other than the Tier One Scholarship, I was also awarded the Tarkington Athletic Club Booster Scholarship and the Irene S. Wischer Foundation scholarship.

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Future Endeavors

I plan on pursuing a career either in a business-related field, such as a financial advisor, or in coaching basketball at the college or high school level. If I decide to stay with business, I see myself coming back to school for at least my master’s degree and possibly my doctorate.