So I have some pretty exciting news for you guys!
I’ve sold my first article! I know right!
If you go to the November issue of the Fort Worth Magazine
Then go to page 10. You’ll find a mini bio (Read it here) on me as well as a short interview as the guest writer for the November issue!
I keep pinching myself, but it is real! I’m a professional writer 🙈
That’s my picture right there at the top of page 10! 😳
Then if you go to page 18 you’ll find an article titled “Trinity Valley’s First African-American QB Talks Breaking Barriers”
Go here if you’d like to read it!
The process was so exciting! I called ahead and arranged to meet the coach and Kingsley, the young quarterback the article was to center around.
They were very kind and obliging throughout the interview. You could really tell this coach cared about his students.
I enjoyed learning more about the team aspect of football since I’ve never played sports. This young man was so talented and humble. The coach was so proud.
Did they change my article some, of course! Does it matter to me, not one little bit! (ok, maybe for like two seconds) . But this is the coolest thing that has ever happened to me! The best part is, this is just the beginning!
If you’d like to read the original article I wrote, just keep scrolling!
Kingsley Ehiemua: King on the Field, Leader at Heart
By Sarah January
The senior quarterback at Trinity Valley School (TVS) in Fort Worth Texas, is anything but ordinary. Kingsley Ehiemua is a towering boy of six foot, four inches, with broad shoulders, a bright smile and an eye for fashionable footwear. He is a true southern seventeen-year-old who says “Yes, Sir” and “No ma’am” when asked a question, and oozes character with every word from his mouth. Unlike other students who move to TVS, Ehiemua transferred later than most. Students who transfer to TVS usually switch over around 5th or 6th grade. However, Ehiemua made this strategic move during his sophomore year.
The football field is a home away from home for Ehiemua. He began playing quarterback when he was only four years old. Football stayed with him all the way to high school. After spending his freshman year at two different schools, Ehiemua made the calculated decision to transfer to TVS. Isaiah Jackson, current running back for TVS, told his friend, Ehiemua, about TVS. Trinity Valley is known as a college-prep school, and Ehiemua’s mom was very interested to see how he would flourish in such an environment. They agreed TVS would be a place where he could finish strong.
Head Football Coach, Aaron Mattox, stated his goal for each student was for them to feel included. “I’d hate for someone to come to Trinity Valley and not feel the family atmosphere we provide.” he said. The transition from public to private school proved to be an adjustment for Ehiemua. However, when it came to the football team, everything just clicked. Last year,
Ehiemua led and encouraged his team all the way to the state title. It is clear to see, Ehiemua has found a home at Trinity Valley School.
An interesting fact about Ehiemua: he is the first African American starting quarterback at TVS. Ehiemua admitted he didn’t even know this until someone told him. The question is whether or not this fact about Ehiemua accurately represents TVS. Coach Mattox and Ehiemua say no. Coach Mattox stated, “It just so happens, he is the first one.” Here’s what Ehiemua had to say: “When people say ‘The First African American Quarterback,’ I take it as a blessing…It really makes me play no different. I try to stay grounded and I look at myself just like everybody else. Everybody’s equal. It [TVS] is a very diverse environment. You name it, we got it!” It is obvious, TVS has a good reputation as a diverse and inclusive environment that accepts all races, colors, and creeds. With determination in his eyes, Ehiemua had some advice for other African American students looking to break barriers: “Hard work has no color to it. If you work hard and you do the right thing, anything is possible.”
When it comes to the rest of his life, Ehiemua is just like any other kid. To de-stress, he likes to write. “I write for fun. Anything that comes to mind, really. I write about my day. It’s a way to get the stress…off of you.” He sets goals for himself. Ehiemua wants to win back-to-back state titles with his team. When he’s working out: do one more set. When he’s reading: read one more chapter. This is the motto his coaches taught him, “The goal is one more.” His hero is his grandfather, who is a pharmacist and according to Ehiemua “He never takes off work.” His grandfather owns his own pharmacy and he teaches free classes for underprivileged students. What are Ehiemua’s future dreams you might ask? If you’re thinking of NFL drafts and brand endorsements, you’d be wrong. Ehiemua wants to be a physician’s assistant. He
wants to help people…just like he does on the field…just like his grandfather does in the classroom.
Some might look at Ehiemua and see the first African American quarterback at TVS. To his team members, his coaches, and his family, he’s Kingsley, their brother, leader, and teammate. Ehiemua would like to encourage Fort Worth as well. The next time you want to give up, remember: “The goal is one more.”