New book features local student, Iraq veteran as one of 75 activists who “rock the world”

A local college student and Iraq veteran is featured in a new book – “Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World and How You Can, Too!”

Hiawatha Clemons III shares his story with WGNT:

Clemons’ story begins during his time at Brandon Middle School where he describes himself as a class clown who was also known for his temper, which forced him into special education classes in 6th grade.

The positive experiences with his special education teachers led Clemons to decide he also wanted to become a special education teacher.

After graduating from Tallwood High School, receiving an academic letter his senior year and athletic letters in football, wrestling, and track, Clemons made the decision to join the Marine Corps.

After 4 years and a tour in Iraq, Clemons left the Marine Corps as a different man.

He continued his education at Tidewater Community College and eventually accepted a fellowship from The Mission Continues that would return him to Brandon Middle School.

Clemons says The Mission Continues saved his life by allowing him to serve the fellowship at his former school and he was able to learn a lot about the demands of a special education teacher.