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Kevin Spears

March 28, 2016

UNCW senior Kevin Spears lives a busy life as an activist. He is Chairman of the MLK Recreation Association, Inc. in Wilmington, president of Peace for the Port and a member of the Wilmington Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Spears, a Wilmington native, will also graduate in May with a major in information technology and a minor in Africana Studies. In fact, he seemed destined to be a Seahawk.

“My mother graduated from here, my sister did and one of my best friends did, also,” Spears said. “Actually, I have a couple of friends who graduated from here. It’s kind of like tradition.”

Spears places a strong emphasis on education, especially in New Hanover County where he received his public education.

“I’ve got children, and my oldest is in high school,” he said. “I’ve been involved in the education of my child, and clearly education is important to me.”

Due to the amount of time his involvement requires, Spears has to start his days early. He often wakes up at 6 a.m., and is often not in bed until 10 or 11 p.m. In order to keep track of his schedule, he plans around his school and work. In the rare moments he does have free time, he likes to sit at home and talk and laugh with his friends and family. He also enjoys running and hopes to work his way up to a 5K.

UNCW is enlightening and he likes meeting new people, but said the most important lesson he has learned throughout his life is to accept failure.

“It’s inevitable, but a lot of people with failures, it just tears and breaks them apart,” he said. “A good failure – and I don’t know if you can call a failure a good failure – always leads to a strong comeback.”

-- James Nagy