UNION — A Union County High School graduate with ambitions of becoming a school teacher has been named the Union Rotary Club’s 2015 Interact Scholar.
Karli Sue Moore, 18, was presented with the scholarship check by Rotarian Mike Cassels during Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting at Covenant Baptist Church. The scholarship is $500 a year for four years. Each year Rotary awards scholarships to four high school students through the Interact program.
Cassels is a member of the club’s Interact Selection Committee which selects the recipient of the annual scholarship awarded by the club. Scholarship recipients are selected based their need, academic achievement, and the service hours they work at Rotary and school events.
Moore addressed the club during Tuesday’s meeting, thanking the Rotarians for awarding her the scholarship.
“I would like to thank you so very much for choosing me as the recipient of the 2015 Interact Scholarship,” Moore said. “I am most honored and I promise I will work very hard in an effort to show you that your investment in me will not be wasted.”
Moore, who graduated from Union County High School this year, also discussed her educational plans and career ambitions.
“I will be attending Winthrop University in the fall where I plan to major in Elementary Education,” Moore said. “Upon graduating Winthrop, I will also be certified to teach Early Childhood Education.
“Earlier this year I was chosen as a SC Teaching Fellow and as a Teaching Fellow I will have many opportunities, not only additional educational opportunities but many opportunities to continue my involvement in volunteer work and community service which I plan to do, not only in Rock Hill but here in Union,” she said. “After graduating Winthrop, it is my greatest desire to return home and to teach in one of our Union County schools.”
Moore is the daughter of Phil and Vickie Moore and the sister of Victoria Moore, a rising sophomore at UCHS. Prior to attending UCHS, she attended Monarch Elementary and Sims Middle schools.
While at UCHS, Moore was a Teacher Cadet, a member of the National Honor Society, International Thespian Society and, of course, Interact. She was also one of the Junior Board of Directors of Arthur State Bank, a member of the Gleam yearbook staff, and a 2014 Palmetto Girls State delegate.
Moore’s community involvement includes being a volunteer with Monarch Elementary’s “Save the Children” after school reading program, Union County Relay for Life, the Union County Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America Research Project and was also a volunteer Homework Helper with an after school program.
An active member of Hebron Baptist Church, Moore is also an assistant instructor for a community self-defense class and holds a blue belt in American Free Style Karate.
Moore concluded her address to the Rotarians by again thanking and asking them to support her spiritually.
“I’m excited about the future and all that it holds,” Moore said. “I ask that you please remember me in your prayers as I start this big new journey. Again, thank you from myself and my family, not only for the assistance that you are providing me, but for your support and belief in the youth of Union County.”