Senior girls swoon over Walker as he enters his home, the Seaman Family Student Commons. Photo: George Shepherd

As Valentine’s Day approaches, ladies at the Academy are scrambling to find a date. Feb. 14 is only 12 days away, and the Knightly News’ most eligible bachelor is highly valued. His easy-going personality, inquisitive mind and dashing style have distinguished him from the rest of the single men in the Upper School. He is a young man who is aimless yet ambitious, peaceful yet quarrelsome and affectionate yet aloof. Upper school females may want to stop their accismus and approach this year’s most eligible bachelor: senior Walker Harris.

Harris’s list of hobbies and interests is bounteous. Our bachelor spends his downtime playing “The Sims” on Xbox with his brother, sophomore Sam Harris, and watching rerun episodes of “Glee.” Harris fills up his weekends with a variety of activities, such as going to the University of Georgia to cheer on the Dawgs, or more low key activities such as enjoying musicals. “My favorite musical is ‘Hairspray.’ I’ve seen it probably over nine times, and I’d be willing to watch it again with my date,” said Harris.

Harris is also an active athlete on Pace’s athletics teams. Harris is a three-year varsity wrestler and played football as a freshman and sophomore. “It’d be nice to have a fellow state champion as my Valentine, but that really isn’t one of my top priorities,” said Harris. Over summer break, Harris worked as an assistant chef at Ansley Golf Club and spent time at Fripp Island beach. “I learned so much at Ansley last summer that I’ve really become an extraordinary cook,” said Harris. “If going to dinner doesn’t work out, I’ll have everything under control.”

Harris believes that although he has a laid-back persona, he will be committed to treating his Valentine’s date to a wonderful evening. “After I pick her up, I’d offer up my auxiliary cord, as a sign of courtesy,” he said. Some of Harris’s favorite songs include “Fergalicious” by Fergie and “Break Up in a Small Town” by Sam Hunt. Harris describes his ideal night as “going to Rock ‘N’ Taco for some dinner before driving to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to view the Venus flytraps.” Harris’s final destination would be the Chastain Park fire pits. “I’d build a fire and we would make s’mores together to cap off the evening.”

If Walker Harris sounds like your dream, you better first go through his wingman, senior Joseph Mathias to arrange the date. “Walker has a tendency to be shy if he doesn’t know a girl, so I help him fight through this dilemma,” said Mathias. Harris’s advice to fellow bachelors on Valentine’s Day is to “follow your heart and the rest will fall into place.”