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Law Student Inspires Youth to Use Their Talents for Good

Press Release   •   Nov 03, 2011 19:50 IST

Houston, TX (USA), November 03rd, 2011 -- Law student Matthew Hebebrand’s passions include reading, storytelling and writing, and he plans to inspire other young people to find their own talents and use them to make the world a better place. His recently published book, The Undergrads, is about students with supernatural abilities and the life-impacting choices they make.

"The Undergrads highlights problems that take place on all college campuses and ways students can solve them," Hebebrand said. "Starting college can be a scary experience." In The Undergrads, 10 freshmen at the fictional Pine State University develop amazing abilities after being exposed to a science experiment gone wrong. When someone discovers the source of their powers, each student faces the choice whether or not to use them and begins to discover who they really are, as well as the true meaning of friendship.

"Their powers are metaphors for talents," Hebebrand said. "It is important for each of us to recognize our talents, understand what we are capable of doing, embrace it and use it, preferably for the greater good." "Parts of my personality are in all of the characters in The Undergrads," he said.

Originally a writing project for an honors program class at Miami University where Hebebrand earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, The Undergrads is available through Halo Publishing International. "Halo Publishing International is proud to have a role in getting Matthew’s book into the hands of young people who are seeking inspiration and guidance to become productive, giving citizens of what has become a high-tech, fast paced world," said Publisher Lisa Umina. "It is my hope that Matthew gets the chance to talk to high school and college age students about what they can do to make our world a better place," Umina said.

Hebebrand said the college life experience is ripe for storytelling and a school campus is the perfect back drop for a story that readers relate to their own educational journeys.  A 2009 graduate of Miami University and presently a Cleveland Marshall Law student in his final year of study, Hebebrand was selected to participate in an externship with Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court, the highest judicial position in the state. The author has made presentations to honors students at Miami University as well as students at his high school alma mater, Padua Franciscan High School in Parma, Ohio. "I encourage people to look inside themselves and make a commitment to follow their dreams," Hebebrand said.

To schedule an interview or author appearance with Matthew Hebebrand, e-mail him at matthewhebebrand@gmail.com or call (440) 665-2115. To order this book or get in touch with publisher Lisa Umina, visit Halo Publishing International at http://www.halopublishing.com.

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa M. Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
AP #726 / P.O. Box 60326
Houston, TX  77205-0326 - USA