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Poca student Josh Higginbotham just launched his second published book, “Fading Notion, Truth is Stranger than Fiction.” Poca student Josh Higginbotham just launched his second published book, “Fading Notion, Truth is Stranger than Fiction.”
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A 17-year-old senior at Poca High School, Josh Higginbotham also is president of the state's DECA chapter.

"DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe," the mission of the organization reads.

It's no wonder Higginbotham was tapped to head up the state chapter.

He is an ideal example of an emerging leader.

"I visit a lot of different schools and colleges throughout the state (with DECA)," he explained. "I speak in classes and seminars about DECA and about entrepreneurship. 

"I think I'm going to be a living example of what DECA stands for. Anything is possible, if you put your mind to it." 

Higginbotham has already embarked on a promising career as a writer. He had his second book published this fall, titled "Fading Notion: Truth is Stranger than Fiction." His first book was titled "Jeremiah's America: The Calling." 

"My grandfather was a poet — he really loved poetry, and it descended through my parents to me," Higginbotham reasoned. "Writing is not only a way that I can express myself, but give messages to people, messages that they really do need. 

"I jumped in (writing) as soon as I can. I don't think you have to wait for life. It can happen at any age."

"I am hoping that a lot of people's lives can be touched," he added. "That is more important than money or any publicity. I just want to touch a life through this work, that's what's most important to me." 

The response to Higginbotham's literary work has been positive.

"So far, I have received some calls from politicians and business people saying that they're really proud that I'm doing this, that I'm being an example for these kids," he said. "I want to be an encouragement for kids."

The book, published through Westbow Press, a division of the Thomas Nelson Company in New York, is available online for order in print or an eReader edition. It also is available through bookstores. 

At his book launch last month, Higginbotham quoted I Timothy 4:12 — "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."

"I've tried to live to that creed for the entirety of my life," he shared with a crowd of well-wishers in Poca High School's library during his book launch. "I want everyone to know that anybody, no matter what age, can succeed. It can happen as long as you work hard and study hard."

Higginbotham also announced he is donating 10 percent of his earnings from the book.

"I'm starting an initiative to team up with organizations that help feed, clothe and house the impoverished," he said. "And to help teach youth that they are somebody and they can make it if they try. We're going to help people that are in need the most. And we're going to give a scholarship to a student.

"If you've read ‘Fading Notion,' you understand that it takes one to start, but it takes many to finish. Let us all start a revolution together."

Upon his high school graduation this spring, Higginbotham has several options he is weighing.

"I am considering staying local and going to the University of Charleston," he said. "But I'm also interested in the Ivy League schools — maybe writing at Harvard or Yale. I just want the best education that I can get. 

"I'm planning on having a good writing career. I like politics and preaching. I do a little bit of both. I'm the precinct captain of the Republican Party in our region. I organize volunteering. I like to organize and help lead people to a greater good, whether it's through charities or fundraisers. I love helping people."

He isn't shelving any plans for more books, either.

"I have two more books planned that I hope to have published next summer, for next Christmas," Higginbotham said.