Emily Moore poses with her Aspire Athlete of the Week award.

Emily Moore poses with her Aspire Athlete of the Week award.

     To be successful in life, one has to set seemingly impossible goals. To reach those goals one has to long for them, aim for them, seek them out with ambition, which is the definition of “aspire.” Many students at Chaparral High School are academically or athletically advanced, but it takes a certain internal motivation to be both.

     Senior Emily Moore is one of Chaparral’s many successful student athletes. She is the starting short-stop for Chaparral Girls Softball. Moore’s overall fielding average for the 2015 season was .926, she stole 12 bases, and ended the season strong with a .429 batting average. What sets Moore apart from other athletes in the state is her intense dedication to her team, to the game, and to her schoolwork. Her hard work has paid off this season, with a Continental League win, a Regional win, and placing third in the State Tournament. Next year Moore will be on the field again, not playing for Chaparral, but for the Division One team at Austin Peay University in Tennessee.

     After Moore’s incredible season, it seems only fair that the Chaparral short-stop was one of three Colorado athletes up for nomination for ASPIRE Athlete of the Week. It became an incredibly close race, with Moore winning by a only a couple of points. “It’s pretty cool because it’s out of all the athletes in the state. To be recognized for what I do on and off the field is truly an honor, but I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without my team, family, coaches, and friends,” commented Moore.

     Emily Moore is a prime example of the meaning of “aspiration.” It is extremely fitting that a Wolverine was awarded the ASPIRE Athlete of the Week, as all students at Chaparral, whether an athlete or not, are expected to set their goals high, and then chase after them with extreme ambition and desire.

By Hannah Gaspard