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Young author has strong message

March 7, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Austintown Middle School seventh grade honor student Reagan Nevels, daughter of Emitt and Kacie Nevels of Austintown, is often asked how old she is, and when the response is 12, many are in awe. At the age of 12, Reagan has become a successful and published author. She had her first book released last month titled "Vision Collision."

In the book, Nevels discusses the merging of dreams and goals successfully. It was a work that she was inspired to do a few years back.

"My aunt, Dr. Lawanne Grant, had wrote a book," Nevels said. "I was helping her selling at an event she was speaking at and that inspired me to want to write a book too."

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Reagan Nevels, a 12-year-old student at Austintown Middle School, has the honor of calling herself an accomplished author. She completed and released her first book “Vision Collision” last month because she was able to think, write, believe and achieve. Her book is designed to help others along the road of life.

Nevels enjoyed helping her aunt and she is very active helping at her church. She attends the Temple Church of God and Christ in Youngstown, where her father is pastor. In fact, her grandfather, Bishop Emitt Nevels Sr., 84, started the church 43 years ago.

At the church Nevels is a Sunday School teacher. It was something she had asked to do and was given the go-ahead.

"We used to have to sit through my mom's adult Sunday School class," she said.

She got a book on teaching Sunday School, read it, then asked to teach a class of younger kids.

"She is the oldest of four and at home, she is like a second mom," said her mother, Kacie Nevels.

Permission was given and she took over a class of younger kids every Sunday.

With her strong church involvement, she enjoyed taking part in various events. One such event was AIM, or Auxillary In Ministries. AIM is a church conference that was held in Cincinnati where 30,000 young people attended and learned to be effect leaders in the ministry of God. Part of the conference included a writing competition where the winner would have a book published.

Out of the thousands of youth up to age 18, Nevels' essay won and she was presented with the opportunity of having a published book.

"I have had a vision for a book," she said. "After I won the contest, the dream became a reality."

The book she had been planning involved individuals who have a lot of dreams and ambitions, but never do what they have to in making them a reality. She had four basic principles: think, write it down, believe in yourself, and achieve. Base on that, she began putting her book together.

"My book involved merging many visions successfully," she said. "So many people focus on one dream or ambition. This book is how to combine all those dreams."

The book came out last month and will soon be available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Google Play, iBook, Nook, Kobo, and Scribd. It can also be ordered at in the near future.

Nevels not only has the joy of seeing her completed work in book form, but she is also taking on speaking engagements to help other younger kids along in life. She spoke to the fifth and sixth grade students at Williamson Elementary on Feb. 27.

"I gave out T-shirts and journals and afterwards, many of the kids talked with me about their own ambitions," Nevels said.

For the future, Nevels said she wants to pursue a carer as a doctor, a dance teacher and a singer. That ambitious variety is not far off. In fact in may take root before she turns 13 as she will be teaching dance this summer at Bright Stars Preschool in Boardman.

"She inspired my husband and her book inspired him to do things he had put on the back-burner years ago," her mother said. "I am inspired by her. Her principles [in the book] are applicable at any age. Before reading her book, I watched her book. She has been living it for years."



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