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BRIGHT FUTURES: Nederland senior Savannah Moore sets path to successful future

NEDERLAND — Savannah Moore is a senior at Nederland High School.

Savannah Moore

She is also a twirler, a drum major, a Christian, a daughter, a friend and a future physical therapist.

The 17-year-old has big dreams and looks forward to her future; she also remembers to stop and look back.

“This morning I was looking at all my drum major pictures and all I could think was that it doesn’t feel real that I was able to do all that,” she said. “Everyone is so amazing and I was so happy to be able to accomplish so much. Being able to lead my favorite people every day, it’s a blessing. It was hard work, but it was so worth it.”

The Nederland native has been a twirler since the third grade and a member of the band since sixth grade.

“I love twirling so much,” Moore said. “But whenever I first got into it, I had just got out of all the sports I was in because I broke my arm. The first three years were rough for me to catch on, but it became more and more natural and I fell in love with it.”

Moore said when she joined band three years later, she was initially hesitant.

“I knew it was something I had to do, but I’d never thought of myself as a creative or musical person,” she said. “I was in it for three months before I realized it was something I really loved and the people I’m in band with now, I’ve been with since sixth grade and they have become some of my best friends.”

When Moore isn’t on the field, she can be found doing volunteer work as a member of the National Honor Society or greeting customers at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Port Arthur.

Nederland High School Band Director Greg Rose said Moore’s work ethic is top notch.

“Savannah demonstrates a positive attitude in class on a daily basis, and is a great band member for us,” he said. “It is very easy for me to see her succeeding in her future endeavors after high school.”

Savannah Moore said she uses her faith to guide her.

Moore will start at Texas A&M this fall, where she will begin aiming toward a bachelor’s in kinesiology.

She hopes to combine two of of her two favorite things — kids and medicine — to become a pediatric physical therapist.

“My dad is a doctor and my mom is a teacher,” she said. “Those are really two different occupations. I knew I wanted to be in the medical field because I always liked working on lab tests with my dad.”

Moore’s mom, Joanna, is a Pre-K teacher at Port Acres Elementary.

“I’d go to (my mom’s) pre-K class and enjoy working with the kids but knew I didn’t want to be a teacher,” she said. “I thought about it for a long time. I had a lot of options and then a couple months ago, I thought about being a physical therapist so I could work in the medical field and work with kids.”

As she embarks on a new journey, she always keeps one thing by her side — God.

Her favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:8 — “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

“The best thing to do when I’m unsure is pray,” Moore said. “Romans 5:8 basically says that even though God has seen us at our ugliest, has seen everything, that he is still going to love you for that. That verse has gotten me out of my shell and to do things I never thought possible. Now I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”