PRESS RELEASE Kiwanis Leadership Essay Contest Finalist Kiwanis will visit Washington, D.C. and attend the Barack Obama Inauguration. Atticus Garvin Moll of Farmington was a finalist in the Leadership Essay Contest. He is a sixteen year old junior at the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science, a NASA explorer school on the Trinity College campus. He enjoys the challenge of their math and science curriculum and last year’s project to develop and conduct experiments on g- forces in space. He also attends Farmington High school, where he maintains first honors at every marking period (with averages over ninety-four) and has perfect attendance since kindergarten. Atticus is a varsity Farmington High School Crew team member, FIRST Robotics team, and LeaderShop leadership workshop participating for two years. He is a member of Unionville Boy Scout with Troop 170 with rank of Life Scout. He has completed his Eagle Scout Service Project, the construction of a pavilion for the Town of Farmington at Tunxis Mead Park waterfront. His hobbies include swimming, biking, skating, skiing, camping, fishing, reading, drawing and innovating in “projects” including a tree fort and terrain course. He lives with his parents and two brothers, who encourage each other to be their best each and every day, and sometimes,” … just like to watch a good movie together”. The Kiwanis Club of Hartford is proud to sponsor this fine young man on this historic trip. Atticus Garvin Moll 18 Wyndwood Road Farmington, CT. 06032 860-673-7078 email@example.com My name is Atticus Moll and I am sixteen years old. I am a junior at Farmington High school and at the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science (GHAMAS). GHAMAS is a magnet school located on the Trinity College campus, whose curriculum is heavily gauged towards math and science. GHAMAS is a NASA explorer school. The school has a partnership with NASA and we are both working together to develop and conduct experiments in space. Last year I took part in a project that studied g-forces. It was a great learning experience. At Farmington High school I have received first honors at every marking period with averages over ninety-four. I have a perfect attendance record since kindergarten. I have been recommended by my teachers at Farmington High School to participate in LeaderShop each summer for the past two years. It is a workshop for students that exemplify leadership. I am a varsity member of the Farmington High School Crew team. I am a member of the FIRST Robotics team. I am currently a Boy Scout with Troop 170 in Unionville CT. I am at the rank of Life Scout and I am progressing closely to the rank of Eagle Scout. For my Eagle Scout Service Project, I constructed a pavilion for the town of Farmington at Tunxis Mead Park waterfront. My hobbies include swimming, biking, skating, skiing, camping, fishing, reading, drawing and innovating. I invest my extra time and money into what I call “projects”. They are fun things that I build and experiment with, including a tree fort and terrain course. I live with my mother and father and two brothers in a loving and caring family. We encourage each other to be the best that we can be each and everyday. But sometimes we just like to watch a good movie together. Atticus Garvin Moll 18 Wyndwood Road Farmington, CT. 06032 860-673-7078 firstname.lastname@example.org The American Youth: The Future is Ours by Atticus Garvin Moll American citizens have a duty to their country. It is every citizen’s duty to put a check on the powers of the federal government. It is every citizen’s duty to defend our country in times of need. Most important of all, it is every citizen’s duty to vote. As American youth, we cannot participate in elections, or join the armed forces. Therefore, we have our own responsibilities. We have to support the country and the president in a different way. In order to support President Barack Obama, we have to take full advantage of the opportunities given to us, primarily our education. As my mom has told me countless times, “…knowledge is power…” The more knowledge we have, the better we can prepare ourselves to handle the issues of today and tomorrow. It is our duty to help those in need. It is our responsibility to help others that are less fortunate than us. The American youth is the future of our country. We are the future workforce. We will become the nation’s future leaders. In order for us to have a prosperous future, and a prosperous country, it is essential that we receive the best education possible. But just receiving an education is not enough. It is our responsibility as the future leaders of this great country, to embrace our opportunities with an eagerness to learn. It is our responsibility to go to the schools that are provided to us each and everyday and work to the best of our abilities at all times. When an opportunity arises, it is each student’s obligation to take advantage of that opportunity. It is each individual student’s responsibility to be a self advocate for himself or herself. In difficult times such as we see today, the president needs cooperation from all American people. As youth, we need to better educate ourselves not only in the classroom, but in what is going on in the rest of our world. As youth, we should understand why our country is “unofficially” at war with Iraq and with Afghanistan. We need to understand why there is a mortgage crisis and how it has led to the downfall of our country’s economy. We should understand why insurance companies, banks and automakers are asking to be bailed out by the federal government. We should understand the rights that are entitled to us by the constitution and we should understand our responsibilities as citizens of this country. I believe the president and his administration will do their best to work as hard as they possibly can to ensure our safety and well being and to help heal our countries economic woes. We have to keep up our end of the bargain. We have to take the initiative to stay informed. We have to take the initiative to perform to the best of our abilities in our daily routines at school. It is important to stay informed on current events. It is also important to know our history. It is true that by studying the past, we can keep history from repeating itself. As American youth, studying the past will help us understand why our country is in the position it is in today. It will give us inspiration and insight into what can happen tomorrow and into what we can do to help shape what will happen. The major cause of prejudice today towards any group is due in large part to ignorance. If racism was broken down to its root causes, one would find that there is no logic behind the hate. The same goes for sexism and all types of prejudices. One would see that it is a mindless tradition that is passed on through generations. To be a truly moral person, you have to be educated. To be a truly powerful person, you have to be educated. I challenge all youth that live in America to come together. Invite someone who looks, and sounds different from yourself to break bread with you. Invite someone of a different creed, race, or religion. Do this so that you can simply get to know someone new. Learn about them and their beliefs. Learn about their culture and their way of life. Listen to them with an open mind and heart and with respect for their culture, knowing that it is different from your own. I challenge my generation to come together. I challenge them to expose themselves to the unknown and to get out of their own comfort zone. If we can erase the stigmas that separate us, we will not only be doing a great service to ourselves, but we will be doing a great service to our government and to our country. I have been heavily involved in my community. I believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to help someone that is less fortunate than oneself. There is a reward that comes with helping another less fortunate person. There is an amazing feeling that comes to you when you make someone’s life a little easier. Being a member of the Boy Scouts of America has given me a great opportunity to reach out to my community. I always donate my time whenever I can. I help restock the local food pantry every year. I have donated my own money to Covenant to Care, a local organization that helps kids my own age by supplying them with things they need to function in every day life. These are things that I take for granted and that they find themselves in dire need of due to no fault of their own. I have donated my time and effort to fight cancer by participating in our town’s local Relay for Life. I have raised money to help fight Multiple Sclerosis and have ridden my bike with my dad and brothers around the island of Manhattan in the MS Bike Tour. I have helped my fellow scouts with their respective Eagle Scout service projects and have lead them to help me in completing my own Eagle Scout service project. I have done a lot outside of scouts as well, including buying meals for the homeless, and doing yard work for the elderly. I do not do this for recognition; I do this because I feel it is my duty and it is my responsibility. When President Obama calls upon American youth for service, I feel I am ready, willing and able to do so and I feel I am ready to lead my peers to do the same.