WINNSBORO — What started as a shared love of football with her father and family has morphed into a writing gig for Richard Winn senior Anna Grey Walters, The Herald Independent’s newest contributing writer.
In addition to writing sports for the RWA student newspaper, The Eagle Eye, Walters will cover RWA boys and girls basketball for The Herald this spring under the direction of RWA yearbook/media teacher Martha Ladd.
Walters is a well-rounded student who not only is a cheerleader but also plays varsity softball. Once cheerleading season ended, Ladd, who taught Walters grammar in seventh and eighth grades, recruited her to join the Eagle Eye staff.
“It was a new issue but we had a lot of staff in place, so I sort of waited to see what I could do,” Walters said.
As a writer, she follows in the footsteps of her older sister, Candace, who was a RWA yearbook editor and has written several unpublished books.
A self-described extrovert who enjoys talking with and meeting new people, Walters jumped at the chance to cover sports.
“I always watched sports with my dad,” she said. “It’s our thing and to incorporate that with writing is lots of fun,” she said.
So far she said she has enjoyed writing for her local newspaper. Finding the coaches is a challenge for her because of their busy schedules and her own, but they have been ready with a quote or two and stats so she can get her articles in by deadline.
This writing outlet is helping her decide on a career path, to an extent. Careers she has in mind include teaching and journalism.
“I’m excited to get my feet wet here and maybe find a career path,” she said.
Currently she is a teaching assistant for a third grade class at RWA. She has been accepted to Coastal Carolina and Clemson universities and at this time plans to study either early childhood or elementary education at one of those schools.
Education is her first love, something she shares with her parents. Her father, Rudy, coached at RWA in the past and her mother, Carolyn, has taught physical education for 35 years. Two of Anna Grey’s aunts also are educators.
Her younger brother “B” is a sophomore defensive end at RWA and though she says he is not a fan of writing and reading himself, he is supportive of her doing sports writing.
Walters volunteered last summer with the Hugh O’brien Youth Leadership Program for the third year. She also works with youth at Union Memorial Presbyterian Church, usually students in fifth grade or younger.
This fall she was narrator in the Christmas play and she volunteers with children’s church. In her spare time, she likes to read Nicholas Sparks novels and says her favorite book is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby.
She is excited to see the school newspaper reborn and has high expectations for its future, as well as her own.
“With the Eagle Eye, we have a great staff here, mostly juniors,” she said. “The school should be excited because they have a great group in store for next year, including Hannah Silvia, our editor.”