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Word has it that you were pretty busy before Thanksgiving dinner. What were you doing?

I was one of the ones doing all the baked goods … baking the day before, cutting up all the pies and doing the puddings, all the good stuff.

You gotta have pumpkin pie. It’s not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie.

I told them pumpkin, sweet potato and pecan. We must have those. That’s a must.

Do you have any particular expertise in baking pies? Is that why you were chosen?

They just asked everybody what they wanted to do. I love baking so I told them, “Let me be in the bake shop for Thanksgiving because I love to bake stuff.”

How’d you get into baking? What spurred that?

My mom and my grandmother. They always stayed in the kitchen and said, “We’re going to teach you how to bake.” So I go home and I’ll bake different things.

Did you use your family recipes for Thanksgiving?

No. Unfortunately, I can’t do that. [I thought I’d] try to sneak some in, but unfortunately I can’t do that.

I was told you’re trying to get into law school. How’d that come about?

I passed my entrance exam to law school so I’m happy about that, very happy. The only thing I have to do is find a school that I want.

What would be your dream school?

My dream school is Harvard, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to go there.

What is it about the legal field and law that prompted you to pursue law school?

Being from my hometown, (Mobile, Ala.) I’ve seen a lot of good kids get blamed for stuff they didn’t do that kind of made me upset. Since I was little I was like, “I want to be a lawyer so I can get you off if you haven’t done anything.”

With dreams of doing what when you get the legal degree?

Actually, I want to become a defense attorney. I think that’s where the big bucks are. (Laughing). Other than that, I hope to have my own law firm. That’s what I want to do.

Spc. Erica Williams

Age: 22

Title: Baker extraordinaire and future lawyer. (Day job: Cashier at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center dining facility).

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