Freshman Mbiti Williams studies English during one of his frees. Photo: Landon Goldstein
Freshman Mbiti Williams studies for English during one of his free periods. Photo: Landon Goldstein

Knightly News: Hey Mbiti, it’s nice to meet you.

Mbiti Williams: Nice to meet you, too.

KN: So, let’s just jump right in. What inspired you to play football?

MW: I’ve loved it since I was young. For Christmas, my parents bought me a Lions helmet and jersey. I don’t know if I was a Detroit fan, Calvin Johnson maybe, but they knew I just loved football. When I moved to Archer in third grade, I started playing. I wasn’t very good but I got better and I knew it was my passion. I started to get training and that’s when we found Elite Talent, one of the people I train with, and it just went on from there.

KN: What position did you start off playing?

MW: I started playing DB (defensive back). Safety was my main DB and then corner just started coming, and I felt better at corner. I’ll play anything now.

KN: So what do you play for Pace?

MW: DB and wide receiver.

KN: Are those your favorite positions?

MW: DB is my favorite. I like offense, but I don’t think it’s something I’ll move on with. But yeah, I think DB is my favorite probably cause I grew up playing it so I probably just got used to it.

KN: What other activities do you participate in at Pace?

MW: I do acting, which is the class I just left. And I’m an ambassador.

KN: Were you in the One Act or the fall musical?

MW: I was gonna do the One Act, but I never got to it in time. I’m looking forward to doing something else when more things come up. I’ll probably be in some next year.

KN: How do you have any free time?

MW: I asked the same question when I first got to Pace because it’s a lot. I have Mrs. [Ryann] Smith, and she helps me balance out all my work. Getting the work done in school takes a lot of relief off you because when I get home late I can just go straight to bed.

KN: So you’ve been using your frees wisely?

MW: I go to the ARC every free period I have.

KN: What do you do in your free time on weekends?

MW: On Saturday, I usually watch college football. Sunday, I have practice. I live like an hour away from Pace so that takes a lot of my time. Not much else, though.

KN: What’s your favorite college?

MW: I don’t really have one. I root for Florida State, I love Vandy, but I don’t have a favorite.

KN: What about NFL teams?

MW: I don’t have a favorite one either. I just watch whenever it’s on. I have players I like, but not really team-wise.

KN: Who are your favorite players?

MW: I like Patrick Peterson, that’s on the defensive side of the ball, and Tyrann Mathieu.

KN: Moving on to Pace, who do you think your favorite teacher is?

MW: I don’t really have a favorite teacher. So far all my teachers are pretty caring, none of them are mean or a pain or something. It’s pretty balanced for who I like the most.

KN: What about your favorite class? Are you a math and science kid?

MW: Yeah, I like math and science. Math comes easy to me. It runs in the family. Science I like. I like English now because of my teacher, Mr. Canfield. I used to not like it because it was so much reading and I’m not much of a reader, but he makes it fun. The books we read also make me want to read more.

KN: What about peer leadership?

MW: That’s going well. Carly and Eno, I like them a lot. The activities we do are fun and we have good kids in the class, too.

KN: OK, change of pace. You’re on a desert island, and you can have one movie, one book and one friend. Go.

MW: I’m gonna leave the friend for last because that is hard. For the book I would say… there are some pretty good books I just don’t remember the names. I would say “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

KN: Would that be your movie, too?

MW: Hmm, I have a lot of good movies. Something I can watch over and over again I would say is “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

KN: The first one?

MW: Yeah, the first one. I grew up liking that and I watched it a lot when I was younger. The friend? That’s extremely hard, honestly. Can I bring Tony? No, but I don’t know, I can’t say.

KN: What is your most embarrassing moment from school this year?

MW: I gotta say when they broke the ping pong table. I was just dying because of how it snapped.

KN: What’s your favorite food?

MW: Just because this was my favorite food when I was younger and I still like it, I would say French fries. I hate sweet potato fries, though.

KN: If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

MW: Caring, funny and passionate. Yeah, I like that.

KN: Anything else you want to say, any shout-outs you want to give?

MW: Shout-out to Carly Silverstein, Gabe and Reign. That’s it.