It was that tenacious attitude in dealing with an array of obstacles that her earned the first-place, $16,000 scholarship at the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis’ annual Abe Lincoln Awards luncheon Feb. 12 at the Ivy Tech Community College Event Center.
Moore, whose GPA is 4.17, has been accepted to Purdue University. She plans to be an attorney with the Department of Child Services.
Other local students recognized were Jonathon Cardinal, Roncalli; Abigail Gregory, Franklin Central; and Kaileigh Thomas, Southport.
The honorees celebrate the perseverance and spirit, as well as the achievements, of young people overcoming extreme obstacles, some seemingly insurmountable, said Steve Willem, chairman of the program. He added that their stories are almost too painful to hear because they tell the tales of abuse, abandonment, homelessness and crippling medical conditions.
Candidates were nominated by their high schools, and a selection committee interviewed 25 nominees. The program, in its 41st year, has awarded more than $900,000 in scholarships.