A Sterling achievement for Lakeridge grad
When Olivia Moore accepts a prestigious award from Stanford University, Pacer teacher Erin Schloetter will be at her side
Each spring, the Stanford Alumni Association invites faculty and staff to nominate a graduating senior for the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award, which recognizes the student whose undergraduate leadership and volunteer activities have made the largest impact on the Stanford community.
This year, that honor will be bestowed on Lake Oswego native Olivia Moore, the 2012 Oregon High School Journalist of the Year, who developed a passion for business and finance during her time in Palo Alto, Calif. She will receive her award on April 2 at a special luncheon for outstanding graduates.
Moore says that as soon as she learned about the award, she knew she wanted to share it with the teacher who had the biggest impact on her life. And so Erin Schloetter, a journalism teacher at Lakeridge High School, will be Moores special guest when she receives the prestigious honor.
As soon as I heard I won, Ms. Schloetter popped into my mind, Moore says. She was such an amazing supporter of me in all of my semesters at Lakeridge. Im excited to honor someone who always supported me.
Schloetter says the honor came as a surprise.
I am floored that Olivia thought of me as the teacher who helped her the most, she says. Shes off doing such amazing things and continuing her work as a dedicated student.
Moore says those amazing things and that dedication began eight years ago, when she entered Lakeridge as an eager freshman and immediately met a teacher who was willing and qualified to nurture her intelligence, ambition and energy.
It was obvious to Schloetter that the cub reporter for The Newspacer had the right stuff.
What always struck me with Olivia was how hard she worked on everything, Schloetter says. She took ownership of all assignments, big and small, and really tried to understand how they were important. Where I saw her really shine was in the newspaper when she was given free reign. She pitched thoughtful articles that are hard to produce. She didnt shy away from hard articles or controversial topics.
Moore says Schloetter allowed her to write a lot of controversial articles for the paper. Sometimes, those articles upset people, she says, but she always supported me. She also always made sure they were fair and well researched.
With Schloetters mentoring, Moore blossomed into the best high school journalist in Oregon, winning the Oregon Journalism Education Associations Journalist of the Year Award as a Lakeridge senior. (Second place went to Moores identical twin sister, Justine.)
After graduation, Moore continued her path to a journalism career. Her goal was to become the executive managing editor of The New York Times, and she hit the editorial staff of The Stanford Daily like a bolt of energy. But her career goal gradually began to shift.
My parents (Mike and Darcy Moore) were both in business, Moore says. When Justine and I were co-editors of the research and technology section of The Stanford Daily, we did articles about start-up businesses, and I realized I was really interested in business and finance. By the end of my freshman year at Stanford, I looked at changing my major.
Journalisms loss was the business worlds gain. Olivia changed her major and, at the age of 19, the Moore sisters were given the task of managing the entire $18 million endowment for Stanfords student government. The sisters also created an official class for undergraduates, taught by a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, to manage the Cardinal Fund.
Since then, Olivia and Justine have been an unstoppable venture capital team. One of the financial shindigs they planned drew 200 attendees and was covered by CNBC. For Cardinal Ventures, Olivia worked 30 to 40 hours a week while also achieving a 4.1 grade point average.
Olivia will graduate in March, and her career is already set. Along with Justine, she has been hired by Goldman Sachs, one of the most prestigious financial firms in the world, to work in New York City.
Schloetter says shes proud of her former student and impressed by her accomplishments. But she also still remembers the playful side of a young woman who also knows how to have fun.
Olivia went with me to the National High School Journalism convention in Anaheim, Schloetter says. We went to Disneyland, and I got her to ride Big Thunder Mountain at least 10 times during the trip. On one of the first rides, the people in the car in front of us yelled Goat! when they went by the goat. We decided that was fun, so we yelled Goat each time afterward.
Whats nice about our Disneyland connection is that it shows Olivia is more than just a student who works hard and gets good grades, Schloetter says. Shes fun and fun to be around.