Hi, my name is Jabari Moore. Actually, it’s Everett Jabari Moore, but all of my family and friends call me Jabari. I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and lived there until I moved to the small town of Mint Hill, 10 minutes away. I attended Independence High School all four years, and I live with my very loving and supportive parents as well as older sister. I have always had positive role models in my family that have helped me to get to where I am today.
I have always enjoyed being outside and staying active, which is why I love baseball. Baseball is a very cerebral game; you have to be mentally prepared for every situation and have to be able to put yourself in the right position so you can physically achieve what you wish to. Baseball is 90% mental and 10% physical, and for that reason, I love the game. I also played football throughout high school and played basketball in middle school. Staying active is an essential part of my life that I’m excited to continue while at Appalachian State University.
Although baseball is a huge part of my life, I have always found ways to incorporate many other passions of mine. I have played the alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone in my school’s Jazz Bands and Wind Ensembles. I was Co-Captain of my school’s Dream Team which consists of a group of student-athletes promoting a drug free school. I also held an active role in other clubs and activities such as Interact Club (where our main focus was to raise money for secondary education in Tanzania), the National Honor Society, and Science Olympiad.
As important as it is to participate in different school activities, it is equally, if not more, important to be involved in and to give back to the community that has given so much to me. I have had the opportunity to give back in several ways, including by serving in the Discovery Place Museum Apprentice Leadership Program. This program serves children during the summer and exposes them to science and technology. Through the Discovery Place program, I also volunteered as a camp counselor for the Appalachian Summer Math Camp for underprivileged middle school children. Outside of class, I’ve participated with the Independence Jazz Band, performing for senior citizens in nursing homes and also in a shelter for the homeless. One particular community service project that I am especially proud of is a donation drive called “Off The Bat,” that I created to collect baseball equipment for underprivileged children in the Charlotte area. To promote this drive, I was interviewed on two radio stations and was featured in a magazine. I am proud to say that these are only some of the community activities that I have participated in and that I have accumulated over 500 hours of service to the community.
In addition to school, I am an Ambassador in the Young Black Male Leadership Alliance (YBM) This program focuses on creating a new reality and perception of the young black male in society. I’m proud to say that through YBM, I led a Sock Drive where we collected 900 pairs of socks for the homeless and also hosted a community engagement luncheon designed to build relationships between the police, young black men and women in society, and active community members. I have also been blessed with the opportunity to go to Haiti with YBM and Samaritan's Feet to wash kids’ feet, provide kids with new shoes, and build an education center in a village church. I have met top-level executives and even was afforded the opportunity to compete in the National African American History Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Through these and many other activities, YBM has afforded me the tools to grow as a confident leader and have a positive impact in my community.
My life has been full of multiple activities, and although sometimes it can be a little stressful, I wouldn’t take back any of it. I have enjoyed all of the things I am involved in with my school and community, and I plan to continue this in college. I am beyond excited and honored to be a Wilson Scholar!