by Terry Rogers
Moses Martinez says that he learned he had been named a Delaware Secretary of Education Scholar Award from his counselor, John Berry. Martinez ranks second in his class at Milford High School.
“In order to receive this award, my principal nominated me due to my academic record and community service,” Martinez said. “It is recognition for all the hard work that I, as every other student recognized, have put in throughout our four years in high school.”
The Delaware Secretary of Education Scholar Awards honors students in school throughout Delaware for exemplary work ethics, dedication and accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.
“These scholars have diligently worked both in and out of the classroom, and they therefore deserve our recognition for their accomplishments,” Dr. Susan Bunting, Secretary of Education, said. “They are notable for their academic achievements as well as their significant contributions to their schools and communities. They are members of a wide range of organizations, volunteer for nonprofits and work part-time, all while excelling academically.”
Martinez plans to attend the University of Delaware and study political science. He will attend college on the Charles L. Hebner Scholarship awarded him by the Delaware Department of Education. Martinez was born in Milford of parents who are of Mexican and Guatemalan descent. He currently lives in Bridgeville with his parents and sister, Isabel, who attends Woodbridge Middle School.
“The biggest challenge I have faced during the pandemic is not being able to say goodbye to all the people in Milford that have helped make my high school career a great one,” Martinez said.
Martinez has a 4.72 GPA and is very involved in the community. He is President of the Varsity club and National Honor Society. He has participated in Congressional Youth Delegation, Student Government, Cross Country, Winter Track and Track.
“Knowledge is power,” Martinez said. “In order to live up to this statement, I have taken a different approach to high school. Why look at what I’m learning as a grade, when I could be looking at it as a tool? I have learned to take advantage of everything that has been given in life, and I have been given the gift of learning. My drive comes from the desire to be knowledgeable, and, in turn, be powerful.”