29th Multicultural Achievement Awards Honors Hundreds of Minority Students

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

UWG minority and international students were recognized on Tuesday for their academic achievements at the 29th Annual Multicultural Achievement Awards. The program honored nearly 400 students and 16 area high school students. West Georgia College alumni, Reginald “Ray” Moore, addressed the students and their family and friends with the keynote address.

“There will be always be those who will doubt you,” said Moore. “Sometimes you will doubt yourself. But never forget those who came before you. Think about the struggles of your parents, grandparents and even your great grandparents and the challenges they undertook just to get you here today.”

Moore began his career with the United States Secret Service in 1984 after earning his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and completing post-graduate training in Public Administration at UWG. In that same year, he began his career with the United States Secret Service and is now serving in the President Protective Division, working several field offices and serving as a Senior Course Instructor in the Office of Training.

Moore shared a short story of how his opportunity to work with the United States Secret Service started after he attended a career fair on campus while at UWG. “I didn’t know anything about the Secret Service,” he said. “But I had prepared by attending West Georgia and taking the necessary test. I got lucky, and luck is really when opportunity meets preparedness.”

The Helena Harbridge Award was also presented during the ceremony. The award recognizes a student athlete possessing the best combination of athletic performance, academic achievement, team spirit and community involvement.