Moore Street Senior Trio Headed to OFTC

A trio of Moore Street seniors already have plans following graduation. In fact, those plans will actually begin a few days prior to graduation, as all three take part in orientation for their college pursuits at Oconee Fall Line Technical College this summer.

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Saxon, Isaac and Jackson discuss their plans for college and beyond.

Brandon Isaac, Sontavious Jackson and Corde Saxon each received letters of acceptance from the Dublin-based technical college, reaching the goal set by Moore Street principal Brian Howell and his staff at the beginning of the school year.

“Our goal was to have every one of our seniors who were going to graduate this year to have a plan of action,” Howell said.

In the case of Isaac, Jackson and Saxon, their plan of action involved either working on big rigs or driving them. The three seniors were accepted into OFTC’s Commercial Truck Driving and Diesel Equipment programs, and each said they can’t wait to get started on the path to their future careers and lives.

When they complete their certifications in their respective fields, they will earn anywhere between $35,000-$60,000 annually.

“At first I wanted to go into the military, then weld,” said Isaac, who added the environment at Moore Street made it easy for him to excel and get a clearer view of his real interests and goals.

“The teachers, the principal here has been great for me,” Isaac said. “Mr. Howell brought up (applying) to us and I already wanted to truck drive because my father did it.”

“We’re really in a college environment,” Jackson added. “The way we do our work (at Moore Street) is kinda like how we’re going to do it in college.”

Howell said that Moore Street, which serves academic and behavioral at-risk students, is a microcosm of the community and the country. And he said the focus shouldn’t be on the labels applied to students but rather the opportunity for achievement every student possesses.

“People always hear ‘at-risk’ students,” Howell said. “Every student in the country is at-risk. You may be at-risk academically, behaviorally or whatever…Sometimes people make mistakes. Regardless if you make a mistake, keep moving.”

That was a mantra that senior Saxon took to heart, leaning on Howell’s positive feedback to hopefully open some doors beyond the diesel mechanic’s shop where he could be hanging his hat shortly.

“I had a big obstacle in my way, and couldn’t stay focused at the same time,” Saxon said. “I felt successful (when I got accepted) because I came a long way. I’ve been thinking about college my whole life…I told my dad and he was proud because he had been sitting me down and making sure I had a plan. I’ve got a passion for music, but I need to have a Plan A, Plan B and sometimes a Plan C.”

Before any of the three can think too far ahead on Plan B or Plan C, Jackson and Isaac said they have to keep their heads down and focused these next couple of weeks to turn the opportunity behind their acceptance letters into life-changing reality.

“I’ve got to start studying for the test I’m going to take and studying to get my truck driver’s learner’s permit,” Jackson said.

“It’s going to be kinda busy because I have orientation on the 22nd and graduation two days later,” Isaac added. “I’m going to be very excited, because I know after that I’ll have my foot out the door.”

“It’s like you say, it’s a new beginning,” Saxon said. “Why not start over?”

Jason Halcombe Public Relations Dublin City Schools