Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Garon Mosby, 18, a senior at South Technical High School, is in the spotlight this week for winning state and local speech competitions.

Garon recently won first place in Missouri in the prepared-speech category of the Vocational Industrial Club of America's high school speech contest. He will compete in the national contest at the VICA conference next month in Kansas City.

He also placed second in the state in the Future Business Leaders of America speech contest. At South Tech, Garon serves as FBLA vice president.

Garon said that unlike most people, he felt at ease when talking to large groups. He credits his church work as a Jehovah's Witness with making him comfortable in front of a crowd.

"I've been doing it since I was 7 or 8," he said. "I've gotten used to it. It doesn't bother me at all."

He said his mother had instilled in him determination, a winning attitude and the drive to work hard.

He credits the education he has received at South Tech with giving him a leg up on a business career. He will graduate with his class this month, but because he already has - completed his academic and business training requirements, Garon has begun a job as a reservationist with Enterprise Leasing.

Vocational education often is overlooked or misunderstood by students and parents, Garon says. But a program - such as the one at South Tech - mixing academics, laboratory training and work experience, can give students the background they need for success.

"Vocational education can be an excellent choice," he said. "At South Tech, they have a great program, a great staff, nice people."

He says that faculty members such as shop teacher Connie Brooks are willing to give students guidance and - encouragement.

While he loves to watch and play sports, Garon had the opportunity to play basketball at South Tech only this year. But that experience was memorable, he says.

"We were ranked last in the division, but we finished second in the district," he said. …

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