David Williams, a District native and senior at St. John’s College High School, was recently elected D.C.’s 53rd youth mayor after earning top votes from 400 of his peers at the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute.

At school, Williams is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, the Symphonic Band and is a student ambassador. He plans to spearhead a project that will revitalize Junior Civic Associations in the city.

“We are please with the fact that David earned the respect of other youth and will serve as the Youth Mayor,” Lisa Mallory, interim director of the Department of Employment Services, said in a statement.