Travis Wilson, Moffat County High School senior, stands in the high school stairway Friday morning. He plans to become a truck driver after graduation. But first, he intends to take a one-year Bible course at Boise Bible College in Boise, Idaho.

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Travis Wilson, Moffat County High School senior, stands in the high school stairway Friday morning. He plans to become a truck driver after graduation. But first, he intends to take a one-year Bible course at Boise Bible College in Boise, Idaho.

Straight and narrow

Moffat County senior Travis Wilson's career, faith soon to hit the road

— Practicing Christian.

Truck driver.

Travis Wilson, Moffat County High School senior, plans to be both after he graduates high school.

He's already the former and, after next month, he plans to become the latter.

"The world doesn't need more youth ministers or ministers," he said. "It needs ordinary people doing extraordinary things."

He paused.

"God doing extraordinary things through them," he added.

That's where the two halves of his post-graduation plans meet.

Wilson already has his Class A Commercial Driver's License that allows him to drive "pretty much anything," he said, including semitrucks and tractor trailers.

After graduation, he plans to work for Rudd/Wilson Enterprises, a trucking business co-owned by his father, Blair Wilson, until he can earn enough money to buy trucks of his own.

Going into debt to start that venture, though, is out of the question.

"I want to live debt-free," Wilson said. "I think it's very possible."

Wilson is following a lifelong dream and a family profession.

"I've wanted to become a trucker forever," he said. "It's kind of been ingrained in my DNA."

His father has been a trucker since he was 18, Wilson said, adding that his parents met while driving trucks.

Wilson's entry into the business will make him a third-generation truck driver, his father said.

"I'm passing (the profession) on from father to son," Blair Wilson said, "getting a little tradition going."

But, before Wilson starts taking to the open highways, he plans to hit the books at Boise Bible College in Boise, Idaho.

Make that the Good Book.

The college, located in Boise's western suburbs, is a nondenominational institution that trains future church leaders, according to the college's Web site.

Still, Wilson's chosen path may take him in a different direction than that of other Bible College students.

He plans to take a one-year course that will give him his Bible certificate. The certification isn't geared toward any particular degree path.

"It helps you understand the Bible better," Wilson said. "It's more for life."

Wilson decided to go to the college about a year and a half ago.

"I think the reason I'm going to (Boise Bible College) is to start life out on the right foot," he said.

Blair Wilson fully supports his son's choice.

"I think it's wonderful," he said.

Sylvia Duncan, Moffat County High School English teacher, also stands behind Wilson's decision.

"I think he's clearly committed to his faith, and he wants to explore that faith after high school," she said.

Duncan said she encourages her students to get four years of college after high school.

"I hope that this little introduction to theology will encourage him to go further," she said. "Lifelong learning is what Travis needs."

Wilson acknowledged that his plans could change.

"You never know what God has in store," he said.

But, until he decides otherwise, Wilson plans to go where the road takes him.

"If you do what you want to as a career, the money will follow," he said.

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