Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor (and also my duty) to introduce you to Josiah DeBoer! Josiah lives near Chicago and is a senior in high school. This year, he will be the Open Mic editor, helping students who would like their writing featured in clay magazine. For those who would like to be published, Josiah recommended writing a lot, sending that writing to peers for editing and suggestions, and to just keep trying. He has been taking classes with TPS for “approximately two years,” and this is his second year working for clay (I’m sure most of us remember his advice column in the humor section from last year). Aside from fixing other people’s grammatical errors, Josiah enjoys reading books like Fredrick Bachman’s Beartown and Us Against You, writing, playing soccer, and hanging out with his friends. When asked where most people can find him, Josiah said he can usually be found on his Hangouts. After college, Josiah hopes to become a counselor or go into creative writing. Josiah says his biggest literary strength is writing either sad stories or humor, even though the two are vastly different. His biggest literary weakness is settings, as he finds it hard to describe places and surroundings in great detail.
When asked what he would do if money was no object, he answered that he would travel to see all his friends across the world, and if life were to give him lemons, he says he would probably just cry a bunch. Josiah’s biggest pet peeve and possibly his greatest enemy is styrofoam. The issue is not with the styrofoam itself, but rather with the noise it makes. Josiah says, “I can do fingernails on a chalkboard, but I can’t do styrofoam.” Josiah’s favorite bible verses are Psalm 103:1-2, which says,
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
That worshipful attitude shines through Josiah’s humor and kindness. Please welcome the one, the only, Josiah DeBoer!