Andrew Moton is a natural leader, outstanding scholar, and has a compassionate and humble spirit about him. Growing up in Stockton, California, Andrew quickly knew he had a responsibility to be a leader in his community and beyond. Through his work with People to People International, Andrew has given countless hours of his time to help those around him. He was a founding tutor of disadvantaged youth in the S.T.A.N.D. (Stocktonians Take Action to Neutralize Drugs) program, painted world maps on local elementary school playgrounds to help foster global thinking, and lectured about land mine clearing initiatives in Cambodia.
Moton has had a strong presence in the leadership of his peers as he serves as the Senior Class President at Tokay High School in Lodi. He is the president of the Tokay Interact Club where he encourages many students to go into the community and provide service to others. Through Interact and People to People International, Andrew organized a fundraising campaign dubbed “Pennies for Piyali” in order to help fund the education of girls who attend a school in the outskirts of Kolkata, India.
In addition to his service, every week Andrew shares his passion for science and our environment by mentoring many middle and high school students in both Science Olympiad and Science Bowl. He is a two-time state gold medalist in Science Olympiad and has competed nationally, representing the Central Valley of California at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. for the past two years. His interest in science has led him to explore fields ranging from glaciology to quantum mechanics.
Andrew is just as much an athlete as he is a scholar, participating in track, cross country, and tennis over his four years of high school. His contributions and leadership helped both his cross country and tennis teams win league championship titles.
As Chair of the Lodi Youth Commission, Andrew has been an advocate for teen interests and safe public events. The fall semester of his senior year, Andrew culminated his high school service with a four-month internship with Congressman Jerry McNerney.
Andrew Moton truly has a passion to give back to his community and make a difference globally. He has been accepted at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where if he attends, he plans to pursue a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs while becoming proficient in either Japanese or Arabic.
Andrew plans on working around the world as a representative for United States’ interests relating to sustainable energy usage and the protection of our environment. He hopes to accomplish this goal by developing a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectedness of the world’s varied biomes and cultures.
There is no doubt that through the Grace of God, Andrew Moton will accomplish all of his goals and at the same time make this world a better place for all of us.