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Student Spotlight: Gary Moore’s Stellar Freshman Year

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Gary Moore

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Shanna Thomas

Gary Moore

Shanna Thomas

Shanna Thomas

Gary Moore

Shanna Thomas, Staff Writer

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Gary Moore, an outstanding freshman student at South Texas BETA, has an accredited academic record in addition to his athletic inclinations which has propelled him to become a player for BETA’s Tornado Basketball team. Having moved to the United States from the UK, Moore speaks to the differences of both educational systems as well as the ways in which he was encouraged to do better from the adversity he faced when he arrived back to the United States.

Moore has successfully earned roughly 400 high school volunteer hours. He is also taking courses such as chemistry and geometry, both being subjects taken predominantly by sophomores, making him farther along in his education relative to his peers. Given his success, the staff of Tornado Press conducted an interview with Moore to get more insight into his personality and work ethic.

TP: What is your favorite subject? 

Gary: “My favorite subject is science. Right now, it is chemistry.”

TP: Why is chemistry your favorite subject?

Gary: “I like seeing how things work and how our world is existing with science with different chemical, different atoms, different particles working together in unity what we call life.”

TP: Over the course of your high school career, what sort of expectations have you set for yourself? 

Moore: “High grades, a high GPA, high SAT scores and aiming to be at the top of my class. I will achieve this by making sure I’m on top of my school work, tests, quizzes, and understand that recreational activities can’t be more important.”

TP: When life turns upside down, what is an inspirational quote you say to yourself? 

Gary: “I would say you still have tomorrow. You still have another day. Just move on.”

TP: What are some ways you can improve your academic life?

Gary: “I can make sure to plan out everything that I am doing and help myself get more organized because right now I have one folder with all of my homework. However, I do keep it a little bit organized by making the left side specific to A-day’s work and the right side to B-day’s work. They’re also sorted by different tabs.”

TP: What are your hopes and aspirations for the future? 

Gary: “I want to be a computer scientist because my dad codes a lot for his job and I like coding. I want live up to his expectations; like father like son.”

TP: Out of all your subjects, which one is the most challenging for you? 

Gary: “English and Spanish are my hardest subjects”

TP: Why do you feel those are the hardest? 

Gary: “Well I read article that said that English is easier to learn if you learned Spanish first and vice versa, but English is hard for me to wrap my head around it. It also doesn’t help that I can’t pronounce some of the words, making English the hardest subject for me.”

TP: What are something in your childhood that have helped you today? 

Gary: “When I moved to America, it was hard for me because the school system is very different from England. I fell behind and I was always looked down upon. However, that inspired me to do better. During one summer, my parents bought me a textbook of things I needed to know for the next grade level and every single day, I would open up that book and study. I understood the material very quickly and I always found myself ahead when school started up. This has helped me today because now I know how to more properly study. ‘Faith without work is dead’ is a saying I once said to myself. It means no matter how much faith you have in yourself, if you do not work hard, you will end up where you started: square one. Put in the effort and you will see the results of success.”

 

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