A Morning with Wes Moore
April 9, 2016
On Saturday, April 9th, Wes Moore spent the morning with B.E.S.T. upper school students at the Boys’ Latin School, sharing his story, insights and advice. B.E.S.T. and Boys’ Latin students asked questions about The Other Wes Moore, about the concept of “nurture vs. nature”, and about what motivated – and continues to motivate – Wes. Wes challenged our students to consider the questions “Who do you choose to fight for?” and “Who do you stand up for?” as these will be the defining questions throughout their life. He discussed the importance of seizing opportunities, and reinforced how important their voices are, both independently and collectively, in shaping their community. B.E.S.T. Board member, Karlo Young (Gilman School, ’97), shared remarks with our students at the conclusion of the program, reinforcing Wes’s most important messages of the morning – that our students should always be pulling up those behind them, and that they are loved.
Student responses from their time with Wes Moore:
“It’s good to see that anyone can do great things. It ignites a fire in me to be the best that I can be.” (McDonogh School, 10th grade)
“I learned that when I am in any room, it is because I belong there.” (Bryn Mawr School, 10th grade)
“The main thing I took away from Mr. Moore is that once you make it, don’t forget the people behind you. He said that once it’s your time to go through the door, make sure to hold it for the person behind you. I always thought about how I’m going to make it, but I didn’t think of how I’m going to give back. Now thanks to Mr. Moore, I am thinking about that.” (Gilman School, 9th grade)
Thank you to Wes Moore, Chris Post, Karlo Young, Brian Mitchell and Kristen Tubman for such a special and memorable morning for our students.