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AHS senior Alvin Moore scores scholarship at Students of Color Career Conference

Arlington High School senior Alvin Moore, second from right in back row, and Lila Hart, of Marysville, far right in front, both received scholarships at the Students of Color Career Conference recently. Also pictured, in back row from left, EvCC accounting instructor Bill Reed, students Jorge Martinez, Ruben Guerrero, Jordyn Davis, Moore, and Carlos Veliz, an EvCC trustee and president of PCSI Design. Front row from left, Eveline Okonda-Kopinga, Tina Nguyen and Hart. - Courtesy photo
Arlington High School senior Alvin Moore, second from right in back row, and Lila Hart, of Marysville, far right in front, both received scholarships at the Students of Color Career Conference recently. Also pictured, in back row from left, EvCC accounting instructor Bill Reed, students Jorge Martinez, Ruben Guerrero, Jordyn Davis, Moore, and Carlos Veliz, an EvCC trustee and president of PCSI Design. Front row from left, Eveline Okonda-Kopinga, Tina Nguyen and Hart.
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EVERETT — An Arlington High School senior, Alvin Moore has his future all planned out.

He’s going to Everett Community College for one year and then will transfer to the University of Washington to study engineering. He then plans to be an officer in the Air Force.

He got a kick-start on his plans recently when he was named one of five Snohomish County high school seniors who received $1,000 scholarships at the 2009 Students of Color Career Conference at Everett Community College in January.

EvCC hosted 625 middle and high school students from 23 Snohomish County schools. The students met local professionals of color from more than 20 fields who led panel discussions about career options and education.

Although he lives in Everett, Moore has been attending AHS for three years and is active in the AHS Junior ROTC program, where his father, Alvin Moore Sr. is teacher.

“I’ve been at Arlington for three years,” Moore said.

He’s a member of the AHS JROTC color team, is the public relations coordinator for the AHS Robotics Club and enjoys playing basketball as well as volunteering to visit senior centers on Sundays.

“I am also working on an essay for another scholarship application.” Moore said he was applying for the Princeton Peace Prize scholarship.

Co-sponsored by the city of Everett, Everett Public Schools and Snohomish County, the Students of Color Career Conference is part of Snohomish County’s week-long remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.

“This was our seventh year and our largest group ever,” said Christina Castorena, EvCC Associate Dean for Diversity, who led the event with conference co-founders Bill Reed, an EvCC accounting instructor, and Carlos Veliz, an EvCC trustee and president of PCSI Design.

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