'The Other Wes Moore' essay contest

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Jan. 11, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2014 at 7:11 p.m.

In anticipation of author and youth advocate Wes Moore's arrival as part of the Lyceum Lecture Series, the Victoria Advocate and Victoria College have partnered to host an essay contest for students.

High school and college students are asked to write a 100-word essay describing their biggest turning point in their life.

Moore will speak at noon Feb. 13 at the VISD Fine Arts Center.

The essay's topic was inspired by Moore's story, "The Other Wes Moore," which documents the parallels between his life and another man by the same name.

The two men lived a few blocks away from each other in Baltimore and were born a year apart from each other. Moore, the author, grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow and business leader.

The other Wes Moore became a convicted murderer and is serving a life sentence.

Both were fatherless and had difficult childhoods.

The contest deadline is Feb. 3. Judging conducted by Victoria Advocate editors will be completed by Feb. 7.

The winning essay will run the day of the event.

Submit entries to newsroom@vicad.com with the subject head "The Other Wes Moore."

The winner will receive a signed copy of Moore's book, "The Other Wes Moore."

For more information on the contest, call education reporter Carolina Astrain at 361-580-6578 or local editor Becky Cooper at 361-574-1285.



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