PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB)–Throughout the pandemic, we have heard of many people making the most of the downtime. Whether it be starting new projects or checking things off their to-do lists. One Arnold High School student has her own achievements to celebrate. The teen will be coming out of the pandemic as a published author.
Tayelor Spears is a 10th-grader and softball player at Arnold High School, and now she can add author to her list of accomplishments.
“I was 15 when I actually wrote the book. And over the summer, with all the time we had because of COVID, I was like ‘you know this would be a good time to try doing something you’ve been thinking of’,” said Tayelor Spears.
And that she did. She published “Spears Makes her Point”, a compilation of 22 opinion-based articles.
“Most of the articles I wrote, they’re just about personal things that I’ve experienced so like if I’ve gone somewhere and I really like the experience, I wrote about that,” Spears said.
The articles explore everything from growing up as an African American teenager to attending high school in today’s society.
“Every place I’ve been has provided me with a different adventure or experience you could say that I think has improved me and my personality and the way I could relate and connect with others,” Spears said.
The book which can be purchased on Amazon is meant to encourage others to explore their opinions and question things they don’t understand.
“Just don’t be afraid to put your voice out there because somebody is going to want to hear it. I guarantee it,” Spears said.
Spears says the book was inspired by her father who is also a writer. She hopes to write another book in the near future.
During the summer before her senior year, Pasha Martin's simple life started to change. Dating Primo Cole behind her father's back triggers a chain of events that change her life. Pasha lives in a strict Christian home, and although Primo is thoughtful and sweet, their relationship is a classic example of good girl falls for bad boy. Primo’s hair, gold tooth, tattoos, sagging pants, and drug activity lead Pasha's father to believe he is a thug. The drama of their romance only ignites the flame that is her life. Choosing a college, pressure to try marijuana, a pregnancy scare, and cheating on Primo are difficult challenges that could change her life forever. To make things worse Pasha gets into a fix with her best friend Chloe, and ultimately thinks about killing her. This should be the happiest time of her life, but every day she finds herself in a different predicament.
Spears Makes His Point is a collection of weekly articles mostly written by author Willie Spears. While serving as head football coach at Bullock County High School in Union Spring, Alabama Spears wrote a weekly motivational article on a wide range of topics for the local newspaper The Union Spring Herald.
Coach Spears has a unique perspective and a peculiar way of articulating his views. In this book you will read about his great grandfather who was the first man of color to settle in Spears’ home town of Panama City, Florida.
You will read about his views on current events, religion, politics, and learn from his mistakes as a minister, teacher, father, husband, coach, administrator and small business owner.
His goal is to add value to others. Spears Makes His Point is a collaboration of books read, lessons learned and proven methods.
The Culture and Climate of your organization will determine your destiny as a company, school, church or team. Culture doesn't just happen. You are either teaching it or allowing it. Do you have a culture rubric in place? How do you measure your climate? What gets measured gets done. Research-based and solution-biased, this landmark book outlines practical strategies to help you exceed your own expectations. Willie uses real examples, diagrams and tools from his life as an educator, coach, minister and small business owner to help you create your desired culture.
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