Watts Student Athlete Becomes Fulbright Scholar

Left to Right: Calynn J. Taylor Moore and her son, Caylin Moore.

Caylin Moore never had it easy: years ago his mother went through a terrible depression after being assaulted, and Caylin, only in grade school, helped nurse her back to health. His father was not there. However, despite her struggles, his mother, Calynn J. Taylor Moore, who raised her three children on her own, set an example for them by going on to earn a law degree. Inspired by her, Moore, too, has set high standards for himself.

At Verbum Dei High School in Watts, he went on to become a star football player while also maintaining a strong grade point average. Today he is majoring in Economics at Marist College, a private liberal arts college on the east bank of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York, and recently he participated in the prestigious 2014 Fulbright Summer Institute in Bristol, England.

Fulbright, one of the world’s largest international education programs, offers scholarships to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recognized Moore’s academic achievement at Tuesday’s convening.

“It was an amazing experience,” he told the supervisors and audience in the hearing room, where he recited a poem by rapper Tupac Shakur:

Caylin Moore, student athlete and Fulbright Summer Institute participant at Board of Supervisors presentation, July 15, 2014

Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrong it
learned to walk without having feet…

After the presentation of a certificate, Caylin recalled his time in England as life altering: It was the first time he ever traveled abroad and lived in a society without guns. He also learned about the slave trade and from oversees, gained perspective on its lasting impacts on the United States and him personally. After college, Moore hopes to engage in public service through improving education — or perhaps become the president of a bank’s foundation.

“I am proud of his accomplishments and recognize his hard work overcoming challenges,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, who presented a County scroll to Moore. “In a short amount of time he has accomplished so much and, I am sure, will we hear again from this bright young man as he continues on his path to success.”