By Derrick Smith
Role models play a big role in the lives of high school student-athletes. Not only do they help shape them into the person that the student becomes, but they also serve as an encourager when things do not go as planned. Tabor Steelmon says that he has two special people in his life that are the biggest reasons for him being where he is today.
“My father Darrell and my mom LaDonna have made the biggest impact on my life,” he said. “They raised me into the man that I am today. They have been my main supporters throughout the years. My dad will always be my hero and my mom will always be my person I can depend on.”
Steelmon is a senior at Blackwell High School, where he is a multisport athlete. He plays tight end and defensive end on the football field, and he is also a member of the school’s baseball team. He has played football since he was in the peewee league and hopes to play at the next level.
As a student at Blackwell, Tabor has sat through many teacher’s classes. But he says out of all of them, there is one teacher that he considers his favorite.
“Mrs. Bergman is definitely my favorite teacher,” he said. “She has taught me a lot of life skills that I can use for the rest of my life. And she also taught me how to be respectful and successful.”
He says that he is thankful for the success that he has had in his life and he appreciates his coaches for their help along the way.
“There are a few reasons for the success,” Tabor said. “Potential and dedication from myself but also the coaching staff that goes out of their way to come early in the morning so all of the players can make work-outs at all the times available.”
Outside of his sports, Steelmon is also involved around campus. He is a member of the FCCLA, Pep Club, Future Farmers of America, Shooting team, Livestock Judging, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.