Kathy Jackson
Special to The Gardner News

Abraham Moss started his third phase at Lincoln Technical Institute in Indianapolis like he had his previous two – ready and determined to do his best. He expected, though, to miss a few things along the way – miss a few questions on a test, misunderstand a lab, experience confusion about something. Moss, a 2010 Gardner Edgerton High School graduate, underestimated his drive and determination though.

Abraham Moss, a 2010 Gardner Edgerton High School graduate, earned 1,000 points in a transmissions class. Moss said he was an average student in high school. Submitted photo

His stellar work ethic led him to achieve something few have done. Moss earned all 1,000 points in his Transmissions and Drivelines (TDL) class, giving him a perfect score.

Moss’s TDL instructor, Chuck Cole, was prepared for Moss to do well since he had also taught Moss’s intro class.

“When I saw his name on my TDL roster, I was looking forward to training him again,” Cole said.

Cole believes that Moss’s success stems from the solid work ethic found in successful students.

“He had perfect attendance and showed up for class not just on time, but 10 to 15 minutes early,” Cole said. “He is always prepared and his work is neat and clean. He’s polite and courteous and willing to help others around him.”
Moss, who hails from Gardner, looked a bit embarrassed by all of the attention this is giving him. He said that his accomplishments at Lincoln Tech don’t come easily to him.

“In high school, I had a 2.45 GPA with maybe 80 percent attendance. I spent like 20 hours a day playing Gears of War 2,” he said. “I didn’t do well, and I woke up and realized I needed to do something. Here, I feel everyday is important because you are going to learn something useful, and it all keeps building on top of what you’ve already learned. You can’t just miss a day, because you’ll miss something you need to know. And I feel like I’m doing something of value.”

Moss said that while he wasn’t the best student in high school, he came to Lincoln Tech with high goals and recognized the importance of his investment.

“If I feel sick or I’m tired, I know I just need to work past it. I’m spending $100 a day to be here,” he said. “I’d rather be here and sick than at home wasting my money. I feel that I need to try my hardest and get my money out of the program.”

Earning good grades is only part of Moss’s goal. He realizes the value that attendance plays in his education as well.

“I know attendance is a huge factor with employers. If I have 100 percent attendance here, I will be better qualified for a job,” he said.

Preparing for class and timeliness starts students out on the right foot, but active participation in class also helps. Cole said that Moss would ask questions when he was uncertain of material and would approach him during lab times to go over material until he completely understood it.

“Several times he came up to make sure he understood something correctly then would go back and help his group,” Cole said.

Another key ingredient to Moss’s success is the ability to unwind. Working and going to school full time makes leisure activities important to avoid burnout. Moss says that he enjoys playing paintball, poker and pool with friends. He admits he’s not the best poker player, but he can hold his own. He also enjoys taking in a movie, enjoying all genres of film and watching a bit of television. Overall though, he’d rather work on a car in his downtime.

“I just like turning wrenches,” he said.

Moss’s focus is leading him to his ultimate goal.

“My hope is to work in a BMW shop. They’re really selective, so I hope that I’m doing everything I can to make them interested in me,” he said.

Currently Moss is taking AAE, a class touted as one of the most difficult in the Auto Program lineup. He plans to continue working hard to gain as much knowledge as possible from the class.

“I came to school wanting a 4.0. I’m not going to start talking over the teacher. I want to take in everything he says and ask questions when I feel like

I need more explanation. A lot of students are afraid to ask questions, but you’re paying like 30 grand to be here. If you don’t understand, you will be out in the real world still not understanding,” he said.

Moss is the son of Richard and Sylvia Moss of Gardner. He is a full time student of the Auto Tech course at Lincoln School of Technology in Indianapolis, and works at Sears Auto Center in Indianapolis.

Moss is one of three 2010 GEHS grads who attend the school. Cody Springston and Levi Stevens also attend.