Francis Canane

Francis Canane
Mrs. Willey
Grade 12
Machias Memorial High School
Machias, Maine

For a long time I have always wanted a career that has something to do with fixing motors or vehicles in general. As a kid I would always be taking things apart like RC cars, bikes, my father’s electric tools, and then putting them back together just to see how they worked. Once when I was five years old, my father had left for work and my mother was inside doing laundry. I snuck outside and went into the garage where my father had just bought a brand new rototiller. I don’t know what my thought process was on this one, but I decided it needed to be taken apart. Needless to say, I never did figure out how to put it back together. When I look back on it now, I laugh and so does my father — thank goodness! In junior high I got more in depth with taking things apart. For instance, I have a passion for ATV’s and I have had many over the years. If one broke, I would take it apart and fix it myself For years I have been taking apart and fixing ATV’s and I still am. My childhood interest in taking small engines apart has really helped me choose what I want to do when I grow up.

A few years later and now I’m a senior at Machias Memorial High School. I have loved all four years of high school, but I am more than ready for college. So in the fall of this year, I will be attending Washington County Community College, which offers great programs that will suit my needs. With that being said I have signed up for their gasoline and diesel engine specialist program. This class gets filled up very quickly and I am so glad I applied for this college very early, because I got accepted into the program. Not to mention Mrs. Willey’s senior seminar class really gave me a early head start on applying early for colleges. And if it weren’t for her class I probably wouldn’t have gotten accepted to that program at WCCC, because I would have handed in my application way too late.

Later on, after college is all said and done, I would like to work at a place such as Friend and Friend Honda, because they specialize in fixing and repairing mainly Honda motorcycles, but they also do repair all makes and manufactures of small engines. After working there for a while and saving a some well earned money, I would love to open up my own small engine repair shop. That has been a life long dream of mine, and it is definitely within reach.