Setting the Example

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Colt & Walker

General Education / Fire Science

A Family Tradition

Colt and Walker Boldman are close brothers, but they are proud to say they are completely different from each other.

Colt is a volunteer fireman; Walker plays violin. Colt likes to listen to Christian rock; Walker prefers classical music with a little Sinatra thrown in. Colt is right-handed. Walker, you guessed it, is left-handed.

But there is one very important commonality in their lives. Both young men attend the exact same classes at the OTC Branson Center.

"Walker is the creative one; he writes. I am the logical, methodical one," said Colt, 18.

"I'm the academic-minded one," said Walker, 17. "He's the brawn; I'm the brains."

The brothers from Berryville are the two oldest of 12 brothers and sisters, a group that will soon grow to 13.

Not only do Colt and Walker spend a lot of time at home with their younger siblings, the two drive about 35 minutes one-way every Monday and Wednesday to take five classes at the Branson center.

"We really like the teachers, and the center's director (Rob Griffith) is great," Walker said.

The brothers are eyeing different careers. Walker wants to become an engineer, possibly attending Missouri University of Science and Technology. Colt wants to continue his education in fire science and may transfer to a four-year institution.

Walker favors his math class while Colt likes the public speaking course at OTC Branson. They both do their own work and preparation when it comes to class, but Colt knows who to go to when he needs help.

"I need his help a lot," Colt admitted.

The two share a good-natured attitude toward each other. They spend a lot of time together, whether at home, in the truck heading to and from the OTC Branson Center or spending a few hours between their day and night classes at a fast-food restaurant in Branson studying.

What the brothers share most is a love for their family. They realize they are the ones setting an example for their siblings.

"We are forging the way for the others in the family to follow, to show that they need to go to college and right now, OTC is the best place for us to go to do that," Walker said.

"We are forging the way for the others in the family to follow, to show that they need to go to college, and right now, OTC is the best place for us to go to do that."

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