NORMAN — The Norman Kiwanis Club recognized two Moore Norman Technology Center students as April students of the month. The students represent MNTC’s Business & Information Technology and Technical areas of study.
Moore High School senior Shallbe Minor is a first-year student enrolled in MNTC’s computer programming class. He is the vice president of his chapter of the Business Professionals of America student organization and is a member of the National Technical Honor Society.
He runs the open 400 and the 4x4 with MHS’ track team, is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. He volunteers at the Moore Food Bank and was a continual volunteer with the cleanup in Moore after the May 20 tornado. He is an active member of the Praise Assembly Church in Del City and puts their youth newsletter together and assists with a collection and donation program.
Minor said he made the decision to attend MNTC because he has always been interested in how computers work and he thought it would help him now and in the future.
“I’ve always been somewhat of a video game and software geek, but I didn’t know how the programs were developed or about the programming that makes them work. But I did know that computer programming is what I wanted my career to be,” Minor said.
Minor said he did not realize that while in high school, he could get certified in Java or earn a separate diploma. He also was excited about learning multiple programming languages such as Java, HTML and Java Script.
“We’ve taken on projects that were pretty big challenges. I had to focus on trial-and-error to make my programs work,” Minor said. “This experience has made me feel more mature, and this class has given me the chance to develop my social skills and experience working on teams and with true deadlines.”