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Josh Loftis

Susan Shinn Turner

By Susan Shinn Turner

 

Some high school seniors graduate with no idea about what they want to do.

 

Not Josh Loftis.

 

“I’m just lucky enough I’ve got my goal laid out,” he says. “I’m the kind of man — I’ve got to have a plan. If I don’t have a plan, I’m lost.”

 

Here’s his plan.

 

“As soon as I graduate, I will enlist in the Marines. I want to serve career military, first in the infantry, then in the motor pool.”

 

To help him reach that goal, Josh is already taking automotive introduction and automotive electric classes at Rowan-Cabarrus Community classes.

 

“North doesn’t offer these classes, and this gives me a heard start to my plan,” Josh says.

 

After the military, he wants to attend trade school to become a mechanic. His eyes light up as he talks about vehicles.

 

“It’s just what I’m into,” he says. “It’s just what I do. I’ve always liked cars. I tinkered every chance I got.”

 

He doesn’t have a car or a driver’s license yet, but ask him about his favorite cars and he becomes animated again.

 

He’s a Dodge man all the way. He loves the Generation 1 Dodge Cummings, the Dodge Viper and the 1969 Dodge Charger. The Charger holds a special place in his heart, he says, because of the General Lee.

 

With this kind of drive and goal-setting, Josh is geared up for a bright future.