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Editor, the Advocate:

When we examine our lives, the people who influenced us often loom large. Parents, neighbors, teachers, friends, clergy, mentors and others help direct us down paths that can lead to successful outcomes.

One such example of this view will appear in Victoria this week when the Victoria College Lyceum Lecture Series will host author and youth advocate Wes Moore.

Moore wrote "The Other Wes Moore," a compelling story of two youths, both named Wes Moore, who were born blocks away from each other in the same decaying city. One became a Rhodes Scholar, Army officer and White House fellow. The other was sentenced to life in prison for murder. Moore's story has an important message about the impact on our lives of the choices we make, quite apart from the circumstances of our lives. This is a great message for students and for all of us.

The author will share his story at noon Thursday in the Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive, in Victoria.

I was pleased to learn that more than 800 middle school and high school students from around the area will be attending Moore's presentation. I encourage Crossroads residents to come and hear Moore's message of hope and learn how we can all be mentors and role models to our youth.

Please join us at noon Thursday to meet an inspirational speaker.

Dr. Tom Butler, president of Victoria College, Victoria