by SAMANTHA EDWARDS | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

A Young Man of Character

student_williams1Carlsbad High School senior Everett Williams used his Eagle Scout project to enhance the Pacific Rim Elementary School campus by painting a character trait mural. Principal Robert Devich suggested the idea, but left the planning, design, and execution completely up to Everett. “The project entailed designing the mural, creating supply lists, fundraising through presentations to clubs, purchasing all the materials (including 15 gallons of paint), and carrying out the project over a series of weekends,” Everett said.

The mural features the school’s nine character traits – citizenship, responsibility, cooperation, caring, respect, fairness, trustworthiness, perseverance, and ambition – in a wave design across two buildings adjacent to the playground. Everett first repainted both of the walls in blue and white to replace the faded colors and rust stains that were there before, and then proceeded with the new mural. He painted each character trait in a different color along with a representative piece of art for each one. “I hope my mural will allow the students of Pacific Rim to understand all of the character traits of the month using simple, colorful visuals that illustrate that trait,” shared Everett. “I also hope it will allow for more exposure to the traits outside of the classroom.”


Name: Everett Williams
Grade: 12
Parents: Jeff and Michelle Williams
Siblings: Nathan (19), Audrey (15), and Henry (12)
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Terramar, Batiquitos Lagoon, Ponto Beach

student_williams3Everett has been involved with Boy Scouts since he was in elementary school and is currently a Life Scout in Troop 750. Although he is not officially an Eagle Scout until he has his board of review, he is looking forward to achieving this long-term goal. Everett has lived with his family in Carlsbad for 17 years, where he enjoys surfing, woodworking, and running on the cross country and track teams at his high school.

He has his sights set on Stanford, UC Berkeley, or UCLA for college where he would like to study something science-related, though he admitted, “I will have to wait and see where my true interest lies.” For now, he can rest assured that he helped make a difference for local students. Principal Devich agreed, “At Pacific Rim, our priority clearly aligns to a strong and accountable character education program. We appreciate Everett’s hard work and are grateful for his Eagle Scout project. Everett helped to not only promote and strengthen the school’s character traits message, but the colorful mural also helped to beautify Pacific Rim’s campus as well. Well done Everett!”