Nick Moore is caring, curious and driven. He loves a good challenge and he loves to win. For him, the challenges started early.
In elementary school, Nick was bullied because of his stutter. He didn't let that stop him, though, and overcame the stutter while speaking in front of the school for a student council position.
Challenges grew more severe in 2015, during Nick's 1st year at GP. Chasity, single mother of Nick, had a Lupus flare that attacked her lungs, putting her in and out of the hospital. "Through it all, my son has been my rock and my reason to fight on and not give up on life!" says Chasity.
That same year, as the Moores struggled to find relief, Nick met social studies teacher Mr. Walsh and Mr. Love, a dedicated parent volunteer. Mr. Walsh, being an athlete with Bluff City Water Polo, founded an Aquatics Team at GP. Nick not only learned to swim but also discovered he was good at it. "I love the challenge of getting faster," notes Nick. "Mr. Walsh always asks that I do my best." Nick also began to lean on Mr. Love. "Mr. Love has been a big influence because I can talk to him about my struggles and he gives me good advice." Nick saw improvement in the pool and also in the classroom. "I feel that swimming has made me more disciplined and helps me with multitasking." This fall, Nick tested in the 67th percentile for Reading Growth, the 54th percentile for Math Growth, and the 81st percentile for Science Growth on the NWEA MAP test!
Chasity is still intermittently hospitalized. For Nick, success looks like doing his best, and staying positive. Through the GP Lifeguard Elective he hopes to gain his Junior Lifeguard Certificate this year. Nick remembers when Mr. Walsh told him, "If you are making it now with all you're going through, then there isn't anything you can't get through." At GP, we call that GRIT. Way to demonstrate GRIT in all areas of life, Nick; we are cheering for you! #TVAAS5 #grizzliesprep @grizzcommunity @Nike