PERRY TOWNSHIP — Riley Smith, a 16-year-old soon-to-be junior at Perry High School, is hoping to use his summer to do what he loves best.
“I like dirt bikes and I want to race every day this summer,” Smith said.
He’s going to attend Apollo Career Center in the fall and go through the auto body program.
He uses his part-time job at Captain D’s to buy dirt bike parts.
So where did his love for dirt bikes come from?
“I get asked that all of the time. My mom got me to go to the track one time. I was going to go there and just do it for fun and I was like, ‘I want to do this the rest of my life.’ It just turned out to be something else. I want to do it professionally in the future if I get a chance for that,” Smith said.
Smith does have a plan B if things don’t work out.
“If motocross falls through then I want to do car detailing and start my own business,” Smith said.
Smith believes Apollo will allow him the foundation for success.
“I’ve always wanted a class where we talk about engines but where we get to actually be on top of the cars and it makes me happy so it just makes me want to go to school more,” Smith said.
Linda Hoersten, guidance counselor at Perry schools, is impressed with Smith’s drive.
“Riley is a solid student, comes to school as much as he can. He does well in the classroom. He’s looking to go to Apollo but I find that his interest in dirt bikes is a little unique to him and to us. It’s just one of those things that we can kind of highlight on our kiddos, their interests and hobbies and what he wants to do after high school. His plan for using his skill that he learned at Apollo or is going to learn at Apollo to take him into that sector after high school,” Hoersten said.
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