West Virginia author, Homer Hickam, spent Thursday in Jackson County. It was part of the Community Foundation's "Arts in Education" program.
Students at Ravenswood and Ripley High Schools heard all about Hickam's childhood in Coalwood, WV. The West Virginia native also talked with students about how his childhood molded him into the person he is today.
Hickam is a former NASA engineer and best-selling author, known for his book "Rocket Boys".
The students were able to ask questions of Hickam during his visit. "I was so thankful that he came and gave Ripley High School a chance to listen to him speak and actually ask him a question was a real big privilege," said Ali Cunningham, a senior at Ripley High School.
Hickam also took the opportunity to talk about the importance of science and math, and how those subjects can take students to the stars. " I just had a ball talking to them about the idea, if figuring out what their passion is, getting a plan, applying some perseverance and go off and do what they want to do," said Hickam.
Later in the day Hickam was the guest speaker at the Jackson County Community Foundation's Annual Community Celebration Benefit.