Montgomery hopes to attend UAH
Editor’s Note: Franklin’s Future is a regular feature spotlighting a high school senior in Franklin County and what they have planned for life after graduation.
High school senior Mason Montgomery has made a point to be involved in several clubs and activities during his time at Tharptown High School.
The 17-year-old has been a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions, the student council and the All A Honor Roll.
As part of projects with some of these clubs, Montgomery has also participated in community service efforts such as the care baskets the student council made for Hospice patients during the holidays and the Adopt an Angel program.
“I like being part of community service because I like to help others get the things they need,” he said.
Montgomery was also the school’s representative to attend Alabama Boys State this past summer, which is an honor since only a very small percentage of high schoolers are chosen to attend this program that helps students understand more about the governmental process.
“I’ve enjoyed going to Tharptown because it’s a small school where you can know the people you’re around and be involved in activities,” he said.
“I also like the fact that the teachers can devote more time ad attention to the students since the class size is smaller.”
Since he has grown up with many of his classmates, Montgomery said he would miss the people at THS the most when he graduates this May, but he’s looking forward to the next chapter of his life.
“I’m looking forward to college because it will be nice to have a new routine and new experiences in a different place,” he said. “After attending the same school for so many years, it will be a good change.”
Montgomery said he planned to attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville because it offered the kind of program he’s looking to major in.
“I’m planning to study electrical engineering,” he said. “I wanted a career that would be more versatile and there are many different jobs you can have with an electrical engineering degree.
“I also enjoy math and science so I knew engineering would be a good fit.”
Once he graduates from college, Montgomery said he could see himself remaining in the Huntsville area to find work and settle down.
“With the degree I’ll have, there will be more job opportunities in Huntsville as opposed to a smaller place like Franklin County,” he said.
“There are also more things to do in a bigger city.”
Montgomery said he wasn’t particular about where he worked as long as the job was good.
“I just want to be able to have a good job that will use my degree,” he said. “Other than that, I don’t have a preference about where or what type of job I’ll have.”
In his spare time, Montgomery said he enjoys reading.
“I’ll read just about anything,” he said. “As long as I’m curious about the subject or it interests me, I’ll read about it.”
Montgomery is the son of Mickey and Traci Montgomery. He has four younger siblings: Caleb, Les, Gracie and Autumn.