Two students from Florence High School were awarded the High School Heisman for the 2019-20 school year. Each year, the Heisman Foundation honors students that excel academically, in their chosen athletic fields, and establish themselves as community leaders.
Layla Green, daughter of Leonardo and Dr. Traci Green, was selected as a Rankin County recipient of the award. Athletically, Layla has been a member of the Florence High School (FHS) varsity dance team for four years. She has competed each year as a soloist and as a part of the team’s competition squad. Green was selected by the Universal Dance Association as an All-American for her sophomore, junior and senior year. Academically, Layla has maintained a 4.0 while taking a rigorous schedule of advanced placement and duel credit courses. She has been active in the school’s business academy and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Program. She was selected to attend Mississippi State University’s accelerating students into the accounting profession summer camp and was awarded the “Best Start-Up Business Award.” She has been a three-time state DECA finalist and - time district first place winner. She qualified for and attended the International Career Development Conference in both 2018 and 2019. She is currently serving as the vice-president of leadership of FHS DECA. She was a scholarship winner for the Distinguished Young Women of Rankin County program and was chosen to represent Florence High at the Southern Pine Youth Leadership Conference. At FHS, she has received the Distinguished Service Award for having more than 100 hours of community service, Academic Excellence Awards in her freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and has been chosen student of the month. She also currently serves as Vice President of the Key Club Service Organization and on the Mayor’s Youth Council.
Will Lingold, son of Robert and Kelley Lingold, was selected as a Rankin County recipient of the
award. Lingold has played varsity football and been a member of the varsity power-lifting team for
four years. He played in the South State Championship his freshmen year and has been
recognized as a second team offensive lineman, a two time first team defensive lineman, and the
district defensive line MVP. He also served as a captain for the 2019 football season. Will was
part of the first ever Regional Power-lifting Champions at Florence High School and has
competed twice in the South State Power-lifting Meet. Academically, Will has maintained a 4.0
while taking a rigorous schedule of advanced placement and duel credit courses, and he
scored a twenty-eight on the ACT. He has served as class president twice and remained actively involved in the FHS student council. Lingold has been a member of Key Club where he participated in
community service programs. He is also a member of First Baptist Church Florence where he
serves on the student leadership team and has been on mission trips and worked with church
members to complete community service projects. Lingold has been recognized as the “Most
Outstanding Male Student” his freshman and sophomore year, and he was chosen to represent
FHS at the Hugh Bryan Leadership Conference.