Rutland High School in sub-south Bibb County has nominated two outstanding graduating seniors this year, and Samantha Willing is one of those two nominees. “Sam,” as her friends and family call her, is the 17-year old daughter of Sandy and Steve Willing. She is the sister of Anthony Willing and Jessica Willing.

Willing Senior Photo
Rutland High outstanding graduate Samantha Willing. Photo Courtesy Rutland High School.

Sam is an excellent student athlete, who has shown dedication to her teammates and a drive to compete. She is a member of the Rutland Hurricanes girls’ basketball team and she is also a member of the track team, where competes in track and field events. Sam is respected for her sportsmanship and athletic ability.

In addition to her athletic activities, Sam is also a member of several student service organizations. She is a member of the Beta Club and Girl Scouts. She participates in Best Buddies, an organization that pairs students with individuals in the community who have special needs, to create lasting relationships of friendship and support. She has served as a Best Buddies and Access class tutor to help students with special needs reach their educational goals. Sam has also been active as a volunteer participant in Special Olympics, where she combines her love of sports with her desire to help students with different abilities be their personal best.

As a Girl Scout, Sam has earned the Girl Scout Silver Award. She served as a Georgia House of Representatives Page, an honorary experience for exemplary high school students to represent their school and communities by serving as a special assistant to their elected officials in the state capitol during the legislative session.

Sam won the Perfect Attendance Award, and she is an Honor Graduate who is on the A/B Honor Roll. She attained her Microsoft Certification, passing an independent Microsoft examination of her skills. She is a student office worker and a dual enrollment student, which means she has taken college classes for credit while also completing her high school diploma.

Sam is part of a set of triplets that are graduating from Rutland High School this year. She is very kind and a hard worker. She is one of the students that teachers always turn to when they need someone dependable to help them. She is always willing to help our special needs (ACCESS) students, and they absolutely love her! She is very supportive and helpful to everyone around her, and she is well liked by her teachers and peers.

Sam plans to attend the University of Alabama to pursue political science.



Published by Doug Deal

Founder Doug Deal is a former chemical engineer from Georgia Tech who switched careers into software development at the turning of the millennium. He has lived in Macon for nearly 12 years and started Macon Community News in 2013 with his wife Lauren. His goal in starting the newspaper was to publicize positive news because he grew tired of so much negativity driving most local coverage. He has 2 children, Sam and Isobel.