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Student-Author: Be Something Great

#SweenyReads recently sat down with local student-author Byron Randon to discuss his book “Be Something Great”.

What started as a mom-assigned activity to pull her son away from his video games quickly turned into an inspired effort by Byron to make a positive difference through his own literature.

“I wasn’t always the best student. Now, I’m not how I used to be. I really wrote the book for younger kids to go down the right path. This story is about how my favorite sport helped me to be a better person on the field, at school, and in the community.”

Byron added, “It’s a little bit of a biography.”

He said his own inspirations came from his faith, parents, and coaches, including Coach Ashworth, Coach Lockler, and Coach Lynch. According to Byron, they “pushed me, and never let me give up.”

After being featured on KTRK ABC-13, he’s now shipping copies of “Be Something Great” across the country each week. One copy has even made its way to Thailand!

What’s next for this young author? Byron responded that it will be “a book about choosing the right friends.”

In addition, the young author encourages students to keep reading. “Books boost your knowledge. The more you read, the smarter you get. You expand your vocabulary. You can be inspired to be something great!”

Then, Byron generously donated twenty-five copies of his book to Sweeny Elementary School with the hope that his words will help inspire others at an early age to be something great.

Byron is definitely a firm believer in paying it forward!

You can purchase a copy of “Be Something Great” for your family at

Sweeny Independent School District

1310 N Elm St Sweeny, TX 77480 979-491-8000

Dr. Tory C. Hill, Superintendent of Schools