Socastee High ball player prepares for next chapter in life

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - Eighteen-year-old Dante Moore says he's ready for the next chapter in life because of what he's learned in sports, from his leadership roles and from his elders.

The Socastee High School teen is one of the first faces you see when you come into the school. He is a teacher's assistant at the attendance desk. It's just one of the many leadership roles Moore has stepped up to while in school.

Being named captain of the Varsity Basketball team, and playing the position of shooting guard is another leadership role he's taken on. For him, this sports role comes naturally because he's been playing the game since he could walk.

"It's something I did every day for years, and it's something I could always go and do; it's a pastime," he says. "It's definitely something that has kept me on the right track.

But the basketball season is over and Dante won't be playing it on the collegiate level. Instead he'll focus on his studies. "I plan to attend Clemson University next year and pursue a business management degree," he says.

Moore is president of DECA, a premier student business club, and he's excited to take what he's learned in high school to the next level.

"My basketball coach told me it was a good club to be in and that it looked good on college applications and I ended up really liking it and being really good at it," he says. "We recently just traveled to Charleston for the state competition and I did pretty good."

There's just four months left in his high school career, and Moore is focused and grounded for the long run.

"I guess what really kept me on track was what my grandparents always telling me you can be whoever you want to be if you really keep your mind to it and that was the one thing I never want to loose is my mind because I know that's the way I can do something with my life," he says.

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