By: Logan Moore
Thursday, October 25, West Virginia native Homer Hickam, the author of the famous book Rocket Boys, came to visit Jackson County. He spoke at both Ripley and Ravenswood High Schools on perseverance and how he became so successful in his life. He later spoke at a Jackson County community fundraiser event at the armory in Millwood. His appearance at Ripley and Ravenswood were live-streamed for anyone to see online.
Hickam is 69 years old from a little town in McDowell County called Coalwood. He went on to work at NASA training astronauts, and he is the author of around eight successful books. In his presentation, he showed that he had a great sense of humor and was self-deprecating; “Football star brother who gets all the girls, compared to me, an average geek who had his nose in a book all the time.”
Many students were excited about Hickam’s appearance at Ripley. Senior Ashton Moore said, “Homer coming to the school was a big honor. He was a very interesting speaker and I learned a lot about him.”
Homer Hickam is a hero to us in West Virginia, and it was an absolute honor to have him speak to us here in Jackson County.