Scholar Makes His Way To The Governor’s Office
|Scholar, Israel Moorer (Milton Academy, 2016), Governor Patrick (Milton Academy, 1974) and Milton Academy advisor Lisa Morin at the Massachusetts State House in May
When Freshman Israel Moorer arrived at Milton Academy, he quickly realized the door to an incredible opportunity had been opened to him. However, being a moti-vated and talented A Better Chance Scholar, Israel also realized that to reap the benefits of his new environment, he had to actively forge a path to success. With this in mind, Israel, who hopes to double major in English and non-profit management at Columbia, Princeton, NYU, or Stanford, looked for leaders to reach out to who are committed to serving their communities and bringing positive change to the world. After a short search, he arrived at A Better Chance Alumnus, former Milton student, and current governor of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (Milton Academy, 1974).
Israel describes the process of contacting Governor Patrick: “When I first reached out, I knew that with his busy schedule, it might take weeks or months before he responded. I decided to email him every week until I heard back.” Eight weekly emails and a personal note from Governor Patrick later, Israel was shaking hands with the Governor.
During their meeting, they covered everything from the NBA playoffs, to how A Better Chance creates an unsurpassed network for students of color, to Israel’s future goals. Israel is currently debating the career he’ll pursue, but at 15 years old, he already knows whatever he decides upon will allow him to create positive change in his community and the world.
After sharing with Governor Patrick that he volunteers at a shelter in his home town of Cleveland, had spent the past two summers in the Honduran town of Nuevo Paraiso teaching English and Math, and will travel to Spain this summer to teach, he asked Governor Patrick, “What can I do to best serve my community?” Israel jotted Governor Patrick’s response down as an ongoing reminder, “You’re already doing what you are supposed to be doing. You’re listening to the needs of your community and responding to meet those needs. To listen is to hear, and to see is to learn.”