Delaware Hayes’ Moore beginning a new chapter
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Hayes High School senior Andie Moore will be heading south to Ohio University this fall to begin studying informational graphics and page design. She would like eventually to work for a nonprofit organization, potentially in an area that focuses on the environment.
“I’ve always loved this area,” she said, “When I was little, I was an activist for the community. And I would like to pursue this with my talents.”
Andie had considered becoming a veterinarian.
“Junior year, I realized it was not for me,” she said. As someone who enjoys the creative process, Andie took a beginning art class and found her real passion.
“So my mom and I looked at careers and it snowballed.”
Andie has had two years experience now doing design work on the school yearbook.
Living in Delaware her entire life, she would like to travel the world working for different organizations.
“It’s my dream. Just to help and inform people. Just as long as I’m creating,” she said.
Social studies teacher Jordan Blackburn said, “Andie Moore is the type of kid you would want your own children to emulate. She is routinely a leader who demonstrates compassion, and she consistently models character at all times. She also has a great heart, is very bright and works extremely hard. Andie is a winner!”
Ariel Uppstrom, English teacher at Hayes, also spoke glowingly of Andie.
“There are so many things to say about Andie! In class, I can depend on her to come prepared to work and lead in discussions. Her eagerness to share what she knows and propose new ideas is clearly evident. I particularly enjoy when she has suddenly made a noteworthy connection with the ideas discussed in class and her hand shoots up to share her idea that gets the class talking on a new level. However, what is most endearing about Andie isn’t her academic prowess, but her kind and friendly nature. As one of the advisers to the National Honor Society, I get to work with Andie throughout the year with different volunteering events. She is always patient and ready to do even some of the least fun tasks if asked of her. On two occasions, Andie worked with me on tasks to clean the school and spruce up the courtyard. It was so much fun to talk with her and work together. She kept up with me the whole time and we kept each other entertained. I also know that she is happy to work with new people and little kids and makes everyone feel welcome and included. These are just some of the many things I enjoy about Andie and believe she deserves much praise for being a wonderful young woman.”
Andie does do a lot of volunteering both through the NHS and on her own. She helps with recycling at the school, Shop with the Sheriff, volunteering in a kindergarten classroom and at the Common Ground Free Store. She has also been in the Delaware Youth Leadership Program.
Besides her interests and passion in her future career, Andie loves playing volleyball.
“I could play all day, every day,” she said.
Beginning as a ball girl when her mother coached, Andie has played both at school and on club teams since the eighth grade. She has been captain of the team during both her junior and senior year and anticipates continuing with intramural volleyball in college.
She also plays on the school’s basketball team, beginning the sport in her freshman year. While Andie said she is not as good at basketball, she loves the team.
“Our program is amazing,” she said, adding that it was hard playing the last games this year.
“It’s rough,” she said. “Everyone is embracing you, both figuratively and literally. They’ll always be in my heart.”
Andie plans to help with volleyball this summer as well.
“Just to keep it in my life,” she said.
She will also be babysitting this summer, something she has done since she was 10, and working for a second season at the zoo’s coffee shop.
“It’s such a good environment,” she said.
Being a senior, she is also aware there are many things she is doing for the final time.
With about 37 days of high school left, Andie said what hits her the most, is that everyone is choosing colleges and she may never again see people that she now sees on a daily basis in the halls.
“But I’m ready to start a new chapter in my life,” she said.
Andie said she will see where college takes her in the future. “It’s exciting,” she said of the prospects.
Andie’s advice to those coming up in high school is, “Stay true to who you are. Find out who you are and be true to yourself.”
You will deal with drama in high school, she said, “If you find out who you are and stay true to yourself, you will succeed. Stay with people who are close to you and that you trust”
For now, Andie is looking forward to the end of her high school days with close friends.
“Just being with them, embracing it all. I’m trying to be as happy as I can without any stress,” she laughed. “I still need to be grounded and embrace it.”
Andie is the daughter of Aimee Moore of Delaware.