Kyrah Whatley, 17, is a bright student with pretty good grades. But the thought of spending two to four more years in a college classroom is depressing, she says.
Masonry, on the other hand, intrigues her. "I'm a kinesthetic learner. ... I learn with my hands," she says.
That's why Kyrah is thinking of joining the Navy as a certified mason right after she graduates from Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio.